Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1995: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 2264)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous flow of information on the buying habits of American consumers and also furnishes data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index. The survey consists of two separate components: (1) a quarterly Interview Survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Interview Survey was designed to collect data on major items of expense, household characteristics, and income. The expenditures covered by the survey are those that respondents can recall fairly accurately for three months or longer. In general, these expenditures include relatively large purchases, such as those for property, or expenditures that occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utilities, or insurance premiums. Excluded are nonprescription drugs, household supplies, and personal care items. Including global estimates on spending for food, it is estimated that about 90 to 95 percent of expenditures are covered in the Interview Survey. The Detailed Expenditure Files were created from all the major expenditure sections of the Interview Survey questionnaires and contain the most detailed expenditure data from the Interview Survey. Part 73, Documentation File, includes a sample program and a list of the FMLY and MEMB variables by start position. Parts 69-72 contain processing files used by the program in Part 73.

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1995:  Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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Starting with the 1994 collection, the Interview Survey and the Detailed Expenditure Files (EXPN) are released together in one data collection by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The codebook is provided as an MSWord 7 file and as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

This release includes files from the first quarter of 1996 in addition to the files containing data from interviews conducted during the four quarters of 1995.

National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.

Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

personal interviews

survey data



1999-11-02 Parts 17-68, 74-75 have been update to correct errors in the assignment of values for the variable NEWID. Users should note that the NEWID assignment errors in the data originally released are limited to 1996 first-quarter Interview Survey records. Using data from the original release will not affect cross-sectional analysis, was linking consumer units longitudinally may result in distorted outcomes.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 75 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 74 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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