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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1995: Diary Survey

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile expenses; consumer behavior; consumer expenditures; consumption; debt; demographic characteristics; energy consumption; food costs; household budgets; household expenditures; household income; purchasing; recreation expenses
  • Abstract

    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 were 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 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 and MEMB variables by start position. Part 17, Aggregation File, and Part 18, Label File, contain processing files used by the program in Part 20.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, First Quarter
    • DS2: Member Characteristics and Income, First Quarter
    • DS3: Detailed Expenditures, First Quarter
    • DS4: Income File, First Quarter
    • DS5: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter
    • DS6: Member Characteristics and Income, Second Quarter
    • DS7: Detailed Expenditures, Second Quarter
    • DS8: Income File, Second Quarter
    • DS9: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter
    • DS10: Member Characteristics and Income, Third Quarter
    • DS11: Detailed Expenditures, Third Quarter
    • DS12: Income File, Third Quarter
    • DS13: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter
    • DS14: Member Characteristics and Income, Fourth Quarter
    • DS15: Detailed Expenditures, Fourth Quarter
    • DS16: Income File, Fourth Quarter
    • DS17: Aggregation File
    • DS18: Label File
    • DS19: Universal Classification Codes
    • DS20: Documentation File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1995
  • Collection date: 1995
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutional civilian population of the United States.
National probability sample of households designed to represent the total noninstitutional civilian population.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided as an MSWord 7 file, Part 21, and as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, Part 22. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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 21 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2263 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics (1998): Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1995: Diary Survey. Version 1. Consumer Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.