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Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1990: Interview Survey

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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
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

    The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous flow of information on the buying habits of American consumers and also furnishes data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index. The survey consists of two separate components: (1) a quarterly Interview Survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary Survey completed by the sample consumer units for two consecutive one-week periods. The Interview Survey was designed to collect data on major items of expense, household characteristics, and income. The expenditures covered by the survey are those that respondents can recall fairly accurately for three months or longer. In general, these expenditures include 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 non-gifts. 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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1990 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS2: 1990 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS3: 1990 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS4: 1990 First Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS5: 1990 Second Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS6: 1990 Second Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS7: 1990 Second Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS8: 1990 Second Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS9: 1990 Third Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS10: 1990 Third Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS11: 1990 Third Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS12: 1990 Third Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS13: 1990 Fourth Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS14: 1990 Fourth Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS15: 1990 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS16: 1990 Fourth Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS17: 1991 First Quarter: Family Characteristics and Income
    • DS18: 1991 First Quarter: Member Characteristics and Income
    • DS19: 1991 First Quarter: Monthly Expenditures
    • DS20: 1991 First Quarter: Monthly Income
    • DS21: 1990-1991: Purchases of Household Appliances
    • DS22: 1990-1991: Inventory of Household Appliances
    • DS23: 1990-1991: Inventory and Purchases of Owned Vehicles
    • DS24: 1990-1991: Disposal of Owned Vehicles
    • DS25: 1990-1991: Trips and Vacations
    • DS26: 1990-1991: Publication Aggregation
    • DS27: 1990-1991: Publication Labels
    • DS28: 1990-1991: Universal Classification Codes and Titles
    • DS29: 1990-1991: Vehicle Make/Model Codes and Titles
    • DS30: 1990-1991: Codebook Text for All Parts
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Total civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
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.
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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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics (1992): Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1990: Interview Survey. Version 1. Consumer Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.