Study Description

The Survey of Economic Expectations (SEE), Waves 1-8, with data from the UW Survey Center's National Survey

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The Survey of Economic Expectations (SEE) is a nationwide survey that examines how Americans in the labor force perceive their near-term economic future.  The SEE questions are asked as a periodic module of the WISCON Survey, an ongoing project of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center.  The WISCON Survey consists of daily telephone interviews with a nationwide probability sample, including a set of constant core questions about experiences and attitudes, and additional questions such as those in the SEE module.  The SEE questions are asked during the May-July and November-January interviewing periods.  This dataset includes the SEE interviews from 1994 to 1998, producing a total of 5,423 interviews in eight waves.  The data from all of the SEE module questions and most of the WISCON core questions from these eight waves are included.
The first respondents were interviewed during the period of April-July 1994.  The interviewing rate varied somewhat across each wave of the SEE Module:

Wave of the SEE Module Date (period of the interview) Frequency (number of completed interviews)
Wave 1 4/94 - 7/94 971
Wave 2 10/94 - 2/95 480
Wave 3 5/95 - 8/95 774
Wave 4 11/95 - 2/96 661
Wave 5 5/96 - 8/96 752
Wave 6 11/96 - 2/97 695
Wave 7 5/97 - 8/97 566
Wave 8 11/97 - 2/98 644
TOTAL 5,543
(completed responses)
Technical Note:
When this data set was first deposited with DPLS, there were two data files: one STATA data file and one tab-delimited ASCII data file. DPLS staff wrote a SPSS statements file to read in the tab-delimited file. When the frequencies were run on this tab-delimited file, the results were different from the STATA data file. The problems were due to some embedded blanks and commas found in the tab-delimited file. DPLS staff decided to convert the STATA file to a comma-delimited file using DBMS Copy program. Later, the embedded blanks and commas were cleaned manually. Frequencies again were run on this new comma-delimited file using SPSS 9.0. The results were then compared to the frequencies in the codebook for the STATA file. The frequencies matched and the comma-delimited file was proved to be in good condition. A SPSS statements file was created for reading the comma-delimited data file by DPLS staff.
Data Format:
Stata 6.0 file, and comma-delimited ASCII data file
One codebook file and one SPSS statements file
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Geographic Coverage:
United States (Continental)
Economic expectations, job loss, job search, employment, unemployment, subjective probability data