Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2003: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 4184)

Published: Jun 14, 2007

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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.

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2003: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-14.

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2003 -- 2004

(1) 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. (2) Beginning in April 2003, Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey data are collected via Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI), and some changes to the data files were also made. For details, please see, "Section II. Changes from the 2002 Microdata Files," in the codebook. (3) This release includes files from the first quarter of 2004 in addition to files containing data from interviews conducted during the four quarters of 2003. (4) The integrated Diary and Interview Program uses both Diary and Interview data.

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

Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.

survey data



2007-06-14 The year listed for datasets 17 to 20 has been corrected to '2004'.


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