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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, October 1996

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
Publication Date
2000-11-10
Language
English
Free Keywords
automobile use; computer use; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; durable goods; economic conditions; employment; income; national economy; personal finances; political attitudes; price fluctuations; purchasing; savings; stock market conditions
Description
  • Abstract

    This survey was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such 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 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. Each monthly survey 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 computers, and the respondent's appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, knowledge and use of the Internet, use of a PC at home and in the office, family income, and ownership, rental, and use of automobiles. The survey also elicited respondents' opinions on the likely winner of the upcoming presidential election and the effect the elected candidate might have on the country's economic conditions and on their family's income. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Population of the United States aged 18 and older in households.
Sampling
National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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 on the ICPSR Website.

Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2950 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02950.v1
Publications
  • Pfajfar, Damjan, Santoro, Emiliano. Heterogeneity, learning and information stickiness in inflation expectations. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.75, (3), 426-444.2010.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.jebo.2010.05.012 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program (2000): Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, October 1996. Archival Version. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02950