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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1982-1983: Interview 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
alimony; automobile expenses; child support; consumer behavior; consumer expenditures; consumption; debt; demographic characteristics; durable goods; employment; energy consumption; families; fixed income; food costs; household appliances; household budgets; household expenditures; household income; housing costs; insurance; purchasing; taxes; unemployment benefits; vehicles; wages and salaries
  • Abstract

    The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides detailed information on income and expenditures and also furnishes the Bureau of Labor Statistics with data needed to maintain and review the Consumer Price Index. The quarterly Interview Survey component of the CES was designed to gather data on major items of expense, household characteristics, and income. Expenditures examined in this survey are those which respondents could be expected to recall fairly accurately for three months or longer. Consumer units, which are roughly equivalent to households, are interviewed once every three months over a 15-month period. During the fifth and final interview, an annual supplement is used to generate a financial profile of the household as a whole. Included in this profile is information on unemployment compensation, alimony and child support, and changes in assets and liabilities. For each quarter of 1982 and 1983 and for the first quarter of 1984 there are four files of data in this collection. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files contain consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, characteristics and earnings of the reference person, and characteristics and earnings of the spouse. The Member Characteristics and Income (MEMB) files supply selected characteristics for each consumer unit member, including reference person and spouse. Each record in these files includes three months of data for a consumer unit member. The Detailed Expenditures (MTAB) files furnish monthly data at the Universal Classification Code (UCC) level. In these files expenditures for each consumer unit are classified according to UCC categories and are specified as gifts or non-gifts. The income (ITAB) files contain monthly data for consumer unit characteristics and income at the UCC level. Two additional files, the Publication Aggregate file and the Publication Label file, are designed for use with the printed publication based on these data.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1982 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS2: 1982 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS3: 1982 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS4: 1982 First Quarter: Income
    • DS5: 1982 Second Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS6: 1982 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS7: 1982 Second Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS8: 1982 Second Quarter: Income
    • DS9: 1982 Third Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS10: 1982 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS11: 1982 Third Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS12: 1982 Third Quarter: Income
    • DS13: 1982 Fourth Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS14: 1982 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS15: 1982 Fourth Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS16: 1982 Fourth Quarter: Income
    • DS17: 1983 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS18: 1983 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS19: 1983 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS20: 1983 First Quarter: Income
    • DS21: 1983 Second Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS22: 1983 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS23: 1983 Second Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS24: 1983 Second Quarter: Income
    • DS25: 1983 Third Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS26: 1983 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS27: 1983 Third Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS28: 1983 Third Quarter: Income
    • DS29: 1983 Fourth Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS30: 1983 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS31: 1983 Fourth Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS32: 1983 Fourth Quarter: Income
    • DS33: 1984 First Quarter: Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income
    • DS34: 1984 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS35: 1984 First Quarter: Detailed Expenditures
    • DS36: 1984 First Quarter: Income
    • DS37: 1982-1983: Publication Aggregate
    • DS38: 1982-1983: Publication Label
    • DS39: 1982-1983: Universal Classi- fication Codes and Titles
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982 / 1983
    Time period: 1982--1983
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States living in urban areas.
The CES is based on a national probability sample of households. The sampling frame was generated from the 1970 Census 100 percent detail file. The sample design for the Interview Survey is a rotating panel survey in which one-fifth of the sample is dropped and a new group added each quarter. Each panel is interviewed for five consecutive quarters and then dropped from the survey.
Collection Mode
  • Rural data collection for this survey was discontinued in 1981 and not resumed until 1984. Thus, the Interview Survey for 1982- 1983 contains data for urban areas only. Codebooks for this data collection are machine-readable only.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 40 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 40 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
  • 8598 (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 (1987): Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1982-1983: Interview Survey. Version 1. Consumer Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.