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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, May 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
automobile expenses; automobile industry; business conditions; computer use; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; economic conditions; education; employment; financial assets; financial planning; gasoline prices; government; household appliances; household composition; income; inflation; interest rates; Internet; investments; national economy; personal finances; price fluctuations; purchasing; retirement; savings; Social Security; vehicles
  • Abstract

    The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior series (also known as the Surveys of Consumers) was undertaken 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. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 1998 focused on topics including evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and national economic conditions. Additional questions inquired about buying intentions for automobiles and computers, and the respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, loan use, family income and sources of income, and respondents' ownership, lease, and use of automobiles. Other topics include respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, and respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this survey series is to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted. However, this collection contains three weight variables that can be used in any analysis: V95 (ADULT WEIGHT), V96 (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT), WT (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT (BRACKETED)). For more information on weights and sampling please visit the Surveys of Consumers Web site and refer to the documentation on Sample Design, and the section on Sample Weights.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: household
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-05
  • 1998-04 / 1998-05
    Collection date: 1998-04--1998-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones within the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: Census Region
National sample of landline phone numbers selected by probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    Additional information on the Surveys of Consumers can found by visiting the Surveys of Consumers Web site.

2015-08-25 The producer made corrections and performed recodes on the data and ICPSR has removed a variable to prevent disclosure risk; all data and documentation have been updated to reflect these changes.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 35176 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR35176.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-25 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2015-08-25

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program (2014): Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, May 1998. Version 2. Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.