Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2001: Diary Survey (ICPSR 3675)
Published: Feb 11, 2008
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 fifteen-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Diary Survey contains consumer information on small, frequently-purchased items such as food, beverages, food consumed away from home, gasoline, housekeeping supplies, nonprescription drugs and medical supplies, and personal care products and services. Participants are asked to maintain expense records, or diaries, of all purchases made each day for two consecutive one-week periods. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files supply information on consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, and characteristics and earnings of the reference person and his or her spouse. A consumer unit (CU) consists of all members of a particular housing unit who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or some other legal arrangement. Consumer unit determination for unrelated persons is based on financial independence. Member Characteristics (MEMB) files contain selected characteristics and earnings for each consumer unit member, including information on relationship to reference person. The Detailed Expenditures (EXPN) files present weekly data on expenditures at the Universal Classification Code (UCC) level, while Income (DTAB) files contain data on CU characteristics and income at the UCC level. Part 20, Documentation File, includes a sample program and a list of the FMLY, MEMB, EXPN, and DTAB variables by start position. Part 17, Aggregation File, and Part 18, Label File, consist of processing files used by the program in Part 20. Part 25 is a SAS program that generates means, variances, standard errors, and coefficients of variation.
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Data Collection Notes
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2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 22 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 23 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 20 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 24 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
2008-02-11 SAS and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 21 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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