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Study Report

Study Number: CA-003-017-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1985

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Consumer expenditure survey, 1985: 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: 8905

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Codebook in microfiche drawer.

Abstract: The ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) provides a continuous, comprehensive flow of data on the buying habits of American consumers. In addition, these data are employed to maintain and to review the Consumer Price Index. The Diary, or recordkeeping, component of the CES contains expenditure data for items purchased on a daily or weekly basis. Participants from consumer units, which are roughly equivalent to households, are asked to maintain expense records, or diaries, of all purchases made each day for two consecutive one-week periods. Diaries are designed to record information on small, frequently purchased items such as food, beverages, food consumed away from home, gasoline, housekeeping supplies, nonprescription drugs and medical supplies, and personal care products and services. Information is also elicited at the end of the two-week period on work experience, occupation, industry, retirement status, member earnings from wages and salaries, net income from business or profession, net income from one's own farm, and income from other sources.

SOURCE: personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms

UNIVERSE: Total United States civilian noninstitutionalized population.

SAMPLE: This survey is based on a national probability sample of households. The sampling frame (i.e., the list from which housing units were chosen) for this survey was generated from the 1970 Census 100 percent detail file. Each selected sample unit is requested to keep two one-week diaries of expenditures over consecutive weeks. The earliest possible day for placing a diary with a household is predesignated so that each day of the week has an equal chance to start the reference week and the diaries are evenly spaced throughout the year. During the last six weeks of the year, the diary sample is supplemented to twice its normal size to increase the reporting of types of expenditures unique to the holiday season.

NOTE: The codebook for this data collection is machine-readable only. The Consumer Unit Characteristics and Income (FMLY) files supply information on consumer unit characteristics, consumer unit income, characteristics and earnings of the reference person and his or her spouse. Member Characteristics (MEMB) files contain selected characteristics for each consumer unit member, including reference person and spouse, and the Detailed Expenditures (EXPN) files present weekly data at the universal code (UCC) level.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 12 data files + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data



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.


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: Diary Survey, 1982-1983'' (Bulletin 2245). Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1986.

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