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Consumer Expenditure Surveys, 1980-1989: Interview Surveys, for Household-Level Analysis

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Nelson, Julie A.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey Series
Publication Date
1994-04-01
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Language
English
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
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection constitutes a reorganization of data from the Interview Survey component of the Consumer Expenditure Surveys produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the years 1980-1989. The Interview Surveys collect data on the expenditures, household characteristics, and income of a sample of consumer units. Interviews are conducted quarterly for a period of 15 months. While the original files are ordered by calendar quarter and calendar month, the reorganized files in this collection use the consumer unit (equivalent to a family or household) as the unit of analysis. The reorganization facilitates analysis of expenditure patterns of individual consumer units. Two kinds of files are presented in this collection: detailed and summary. The detailed files, Consumer Unit (CU), BLS Aggregated Data (BLS), Member Data (MEM), and Expenditure Tabulations (MT) files, retain almost all of the information from the original Interview Survey files (FMLY, MEMB, and MTAB). The detailed files are named according to the calendar year in which the consumer unit's fifth interview took place. Expenditures are expressed as monthly or quarterly totals in 472 categories. The summary files, Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation (SUMQ), Summary (SUMMARY), and Aggregated Quarterly Expenditures, 1984-1989 (BLSSUM), aggregate expenditures by type and by quarter or year. The SUMQ files (one for each year) contain information on expenditures aggregated over interview quarters in approximately 70 aggregate categories. The SUMMARY file contains annual expenditures in the same 70 categories, along with selected demographic variables, for those consumer units that participated in the survey for a full year. For convenience, two files containing United States city average Consumer Price Indices corresponding to the aggregate goods categories by month and by year are provided. The BLSSUM file contains quarterly summed expenditures for all consumer units from 1984 on, using the aggregation scheme followed by the BLS files.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Consumer Unit File, 1980
    • DS2: Consumer Unit File, 1981
    • DS3: Consumer Unit File, 1982
    • DS4: Consumer Unit File, 1983
    • DS5: Consumer Unit File, 1984
    • DS6: Consumer Unit File, 1985
    • DS7: Consumer Unit File, 1986
    • DS8: Consumer Unit File, 1987
    • DS9: Consumer Unit File, 1988
    • DS10: Consumer Unit File, 1989
    • DS11: Aggregated Quarterly Expenditures, 1984-1989
    • DS12: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1980
    • DS13: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1981
    • DS14: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1982
    • DS15: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1983
    • DS16: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1984
    • DS17: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1985
    • DS18: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1986
    • DS19: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1987
    • DS20: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1988
    • DS21: Bureau of Labor Statistics Aggregated Data, 1989
    • DS22: Member Data, 1980
    • DS23: Member Data, 1981
    • DS24: Member Data, 1982
    • DS25: Member Data, 1983
    • DS26: Member Data, 1984
    • DS27: Member Data, 1985
    • DS28: Member Data, 1986
    • DS29: Member Data, 1987
    • DS30: Member Data, 1988
    • DS31: Member Data, 1989
    • DS32: Expenditure Tabulations, 1980
    • DS33: Expenditure Tabulations, 1981
    • DS34: Expenditure Tabulations, 1982
    • DS35: Expenditure Tabulations, 1983
    • DS36: Expenditure Tabulations, 1984
    • DS37: Expenditure Tabulations, 1985
    • DS38: Expenditure Tabulations, 1986
    • DS39: Expenditure Tabulations, 1987
    • DS40: Expenditure Tabulations, 1988
    • DS41: Expenditure Tabulations, 1989
    • DS42: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1980
    • DS43: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1981
    • DS44: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1982
    • DS45: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1983
    • DS46: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1984
    • DS47: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1985
    • DS48: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1986
    • DS49: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1987
    • DS50: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1988
    • DS51: Sum of Quarterly Expenditures by Consumer Price Index Aggregation, 1989
    • DS52: Summary File, Household Demographics and Aggregate Annual Expenditures
    • DS53: Consumer Price Indices for Selected Goods, January 1979-October 1990
    • DS54: Consumer Price Indices, Twelve-Month Moving Averages for Selected Goods
    • DS55: Codebook for All Parts
    • DS56: SAS Data Definition Statements for All Parts
    • DS57: Map of Old and New 1986 Consumer Unit Identifiers
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-10 / 1989-11
    Time period: 1979-10--1989-11
  • 1980-01 / 1989-12
    Collection date: 1980-01--1989-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Total civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
Sampling
The Consumer Expenditure Survey 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 101 areas, of which 85 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.
Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 56 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 55 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8921634).
Availability
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This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9851 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Dynan, Karen E., Skinner, Jonathan, Zeldes, Stephen P.. Do the Rich Save More?. NBER Working Paper Series.7906, National Bureau of Economic Research. 2000.
    • ID: http://papers.nber.org/papers/w7906.pdf (URL)
  • Bernheim, B. Douglas, Skinner, Jonathan, Weinberg, Steven. What Accounts for the Variation in Retirement Wealth Among U.S. Households?. NBER Working Paper Series.6227, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1997.
    • ID: http://papers.nber.org/papers/w6227.pdf (URL)
  • Nelson, Julie A.. The frequency of consumer expenditure: An empirical analysis. Journal of Consumer Affairs.30, (2), 322 -1996.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-6606.1996.tb00061.x (DOI)
  • Del Boca, Daniela, Flinn, Christopher J.. Expenditure decisions of divorced mothers and income composition. Journal of Human Resources.29, (3), 742-761.1994.
  • Longino, Charles F., Jr., Crown, William H.. Retirement Migration and Interstate Income Transfers. Gerontologist.30, (6), 784-789.1990.
    • ID: 10.1093/geront/30.6.784 (DOI)

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

Nelson, Julie A. (1994): Consumer Expenditure Surveys, 1980-1989: Interview Surveys, for Household-Level Analysis. Version 1. Consumer Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09851.v1