Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CA-014-022-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1978

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Survey of consumer attitudes and behavior, April 1978.  [machine-readable data file] / University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8731

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: These surveys were done 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. This type of information is essential for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Each quarterly survey contains approximately 40 questions, each of which probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. Open-ended questions are asked concerning evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions probe buying intentions for automobiles and the respondent's appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, and other durables.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Population of the United States aged 18 and older.

SAMPLE: National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: April 1978

DATE OF COLLECTION: April 1-April 30, 1978

SUBJECT TERMS: business conditions. buying. consumer attitudes and behavior. dwellings. economic attitudes and behavior. employment. households. inflation. money. national business situation. personal finances. stock market conditions. Index of Consumer Sentiment. United States.


Economic Behavior Program Staff. SURVEYS OF CONSUMER FINANCES. Annual volumes 1960 through 1970. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Institute for Social Research. Strumpel, B., C. Cowan, F.T. Juster, and J. Schmiedeskamp. SURVEYS OF CONSUMERS, 1972-73: CONTRIBUTIONS TO BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Institute for Social Research, 1975. Curtin, R. ''Indicators of Consumer Behavior: The University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.'' PUBLIC OPINION QUARTERLY 46, 340-352, 1982.

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