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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, December 1987 (ICPSR 9372)

Published: May 15, 2013

Principal Investigator(s):
Economic Behavior Program. Survey Research Center. University of Michigan


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These surveys were undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why these changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This type of information is essential for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Since the late 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. Each monthly survey contains approximately 40-50 questions and probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. Open-ended questions are asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions probe buying intentions for automobiles and the respondent's appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, and other durables.

Economic Behavior Program. Survey Research Center. University of Michigan. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, December 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-05-15.

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National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.

Population of the United States aged 18 and older in households.

personal interviews

survey data



2013-05-15 Incomplete SAS transport (xpt) file for dataset 1 was replaced with SAS CPORT (stc).

1991-10-23 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

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