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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, October 1978

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Economic Behavior Program. Survey Research Center. University of Michigan
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
Publication Date
1988-03-16
Language
English
Free Keywords
automobiles; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; durable goods; economic conditions; employment; national economy; personal finances; price fluctuations; purchasing; stock market conditions
Description
  • Abstract

    These surveys were done 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. Each quarterly survey contains approximately 40 questions, each of which 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.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978-10
  • 1978-10-01 / 1978-10-31
    Collection date: 1978-10-01--1978-10-31
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Population of the United States aged 18 and older.
Sampling
National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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 Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8737 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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)
  • Dua, Pami, Smyth, David J.. Survey evidence on excessive public pessimism about the future behavior of unemployment. Public Opinion Quarterly.57, (4), 566-574.1993.
    • ID: 10.1086/269396 (DOI)

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

Economic Behavior Program. Survey Research Center. University of Michigan (1988): Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, October 1978. Version 1. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08737.v1