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Study Report

Study Number: CA-003-009-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1980

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Consumer expenditure survey, 1980-1981: diary survey.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8235

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: This data collection contains selected expenditure and income data from the diary components of the 1980 and 1981 Consumer Expenditure Surveys. The last major effort to collect information on expenditures of households in the United States was conducted in 1972-1973. The principal objectives of the ongoing survey are: to collect current consumer expenditure data to provide a continuous flow of data on the buying habits of American consumers for use in a wide variety of social and economic research and analysis, and to provide data for future revisions to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The 1980 diary survey data were derived from the reports of over 5,500 sample consumer units. The collection and processing were carried out by the United States Bureau of the Census under contract with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unlike previous surveys, which were conducted only every ten to twelve years, the 1980-1981 surveys are the beginning of an ongoing survey which will provide data on a continual basis. In the diary survey, consumer units are asked to list all of their expenses during the period they are in the survey. However, the primary objective of the survey is to obtain reliable expenditure data on small frequently purchased items which are normally difficult to recall. These items include expenditures for food and beverages, gas and electricity, gasoline, housekeeping supplies, nonprescription drugs and medical supplies, and personal care products and services. The diary data are collected on a household characteristics questionnaire and a separate questionnaire to record daily expenses. Between 1980 and 1981 the survey concepts and procedures did not change. However, the 1981 sample did not include the rural outside SMSA sample. Geographic classification is still by SMSA status and by Census region. Since the rural sample was not collected in 1981, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is able to provide region data for consumer unit's living outside SMSA's in 1981. In 1980 the region was collapsed because the outside rural west sample was too small to meet confidentiality requirements. The data collection consists of eight physical files. The first four files contain the data from the 1980 survey, and the remaining four files contain the data from the 1981 survey. The logical record length varies between files. The data collection contains a total of 629,531 records.

SUBJECT TERMS: buying. consumer attitudes and behavior. energy use. expenditures. food. health. income. personal finances. recreational activities. shopping behavior. spending units. transportation. urban affairs. utilities and utility use. United States.

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