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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1988: Interview Survey

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile expenses; 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; recreation expenses; taxes; unemployment benefits; vehicles; wages and salaries
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains consumer information on relatively large purchases, such as those for property, automobiles, and major appliances, or expenditures that occur on a fairly regular basis, such as rent, utilities, or insurance premiums. Expenditures incurred while on trips are also covered by the survey. Excluded are nonprescription drugs, household supplies, and personal care items. Including global estimates on spending for food, it is estimated that about 90 to 95 percent of expenditures are covered in the Interview Survey. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files in this collection contain consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, and characteristics and earnings of both the reference person and the spouse. Summary expenditure data are also provided. The Member Characteristics and Income (MEMB) files present selected characteristics for each consumer unit member, including reference person and spouse. Each record in the FMLY and MEMB files consists of three months of data. Detailed Expenditures (MTAB) files provide 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 nongifts. There may be more than one record for a UCC in a single month if that is what was reported to the interviewer. The Income (ITAB) files supply monthly data at the UCC level for consumer unit characteristics and income. Parts 21 through 25 of the collection offer consumer durables information for the following topics: household appliance purchases, inventory of appliances, vehicle inventory and purchases, vehicle disposals, and trip characteristics and expenses. Parts 26 and 27 are files designed for use with the printed publications based on these data. Part 28 contains Universal Classification Codes and their titles, Part 29 contains vehicle make and model codes, and Part 30 is the codebook documenting the data.
  • Methods

    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: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1988 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS2: 1988 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS3: 1988 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS4: 1988 First Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS5: 1988 Second Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS6: 1988 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS7: 1988 Second Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS8: 1988 Second Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS9: 1988 Third Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS10: 1988 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS11: 1988 Third Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS12: 1988 Third Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS13: 1988 Fourth Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS14: 1988 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS15: 1988 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS16: 1988 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS17: 1989 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS18: 1989 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS19: 1989 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS20: 1989 First Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS21: 1988-1989: Purchases of Household Appliances
    • DS22: 1988-1989: Inventory of Household Appliances
    • DS23: 1988-1989: Inventory and Purchases of Owned Vehicles
    • DS24: 1988-1989: Disposal of Owned Vehicles
    • DS25: 1988-1989: Trips and Vacations
    • DS26: 1988-1989: Publication Aggregation
    • DS27: 1985-1988: Publication Labels
    • DS28: 1988-1989: Universal Classification Codes and Titles
    • DS29: 1988-1989: Vehicle Make/Model Codes and Titles
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Total civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
The CES is based on a national probability sample of households. Households are selected from primary sampling units (PSUs), which consist of counties (or parts thereof), groups of counties, or independent cities. The set of sample PSUs used for the survey is composed of 109 areas, of which 91 urban areas have also been selected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Consumer Price Index program. The sampling frame from which housing units were selected was generated from the 1980 Census 100-percent detail file, augmented by new construction permits and coverage improvement techniques used to eliminate recognized deficiencies in that census. The sample design 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.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 36 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 35 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 34 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 33 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 32 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 31 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 30 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics (1990): Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1988: Interview Survey. Archival Version. Consumer Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.