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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, June 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 use; automobiles; computer use; consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; economic behavior; economic change; economic conditions; financial assets; financial planning; government; home ownership; household expenditures; household income; housing costs; income; interest rates; Internet; investments; national economy; pensions; personal finances; retirement; savings; stock markets; stock prices; unemployment; unemployment rate; vehicles
  • Abstract

    The Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior series (also known as the Survey of Consumers) was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such 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 such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Opinions were collected regarding 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 retirement planning. Other topics in this series typically include ownership, lease, and use of automobiles, 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; V95 (ADULT WEIGHT), V96 (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT 1), and WT (HOUSEHOLD WEIGHT 2) that users may wish to apply for analysis. For additional information on weights and sampling, please visit the Surveys of Consumers Web site and refer to the documentation on Sample Design, as well as 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1998-06
  • 1998-05 / 1998-06
    Collection date: 1998-05--1998-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 18 years or older living in households with telephones within the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: 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 be found by visiting the Surveys of Consumers Web site.

2015-09-08 The producer made corrections and performed recodes on the data, and the 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
  • 35177 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR35177.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-09-08 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2015-09-08

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