Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2001: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files (ICPSR 3674)
Published: Jan 12, 2006
United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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. Parts 74-77 contain processing files used by the program in Part 78. Part 78, Documentation File, includes a sample program and lists all of the data file variables by start position. Part 79 is a SAS program that generates means, variances, standard errors, and coefficients of variation.
Data Collection Notes
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.
This release includes files from the first quarter of 2002 in addition to the files containing data from interviews conducted during the four quarters of 2001.
A new data collection instrument was used after the first quarter of 2001.
The codebook and data collection instrument are provided by the data producer as Portable Document Format (PDF) files and the codebook is also provided as a MSWord file.
Original Release Date
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 80 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 81 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 82 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 83 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 78 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2003-07-25 Part 1, Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter, 2001, has been replaced because of errors found in the data.
Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.
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