Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CA-003-014-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1984

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Consumer expenditure survey, 1984: interview 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: 8671

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Codebook in microfiche drawer.

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 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) consists of two separate components: (1) a quarterly Interview panel survey in which each consumer unit in the sample is interviewed every three months over a 15-month period, and (2) a Diary or recordkeeping 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 which 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 which 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 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, characteristics and earnings of the reference person, and characteristics and earnings of 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. The Income (ITAB) files supply monthly data at the UCC level for consumer unit characteristics and income. Parts 21 through 25 of the collection offer consumer durables information for the following topics: household appliance purchases, inventory of appliances, vehicle inventory and purchases, vehicle disposals, and travel. Parts 26 and 27 are files designed for use with the printed publication based on these data.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Total civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

SAMPLE: The CES is based on a national probability sample of households. The sampling frame was generated from the 1970 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.

NOTE: This survey includes both urban and rural data. Codebooks for this collection are machine-readable only.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 25 data files + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: 1984 and the first quarter of 1985

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


United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ''Consumer Expenditure Survey: Interview Survey, 1984'' (Bulletin 2267). Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1986. United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. ''Consumer Expenditure Survey: Interview Survey, 1982-1983'' (Bulletin 2246). Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1986.

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct