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Study Report

Study Number: CA-003-010-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1980

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Consumer expenditure survey, 1980-1981: 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: 8423

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Codebook is machine-readable only plus microfiche.

Abstract: Detailed income and expenditure data from the 1980-1981 Consumer Expenditure Survey are provided in this collection. The survey has two major components: the Diary Survey, released by ICPSR as CONSUMER EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1980-1981 (ICPSR 8235), which gathered data from over 5,500 household diaries, and this Interview Survey, which contains interview data from 42,830 households in the United States. There are four types of data files for the Interview Survey, with one file of each type for each of nine quarterly periods. The survey covers all of 1980 and 1981, and the first quarter of 1982. Data are compiled for Consumer Units--roughly equivalent to families--in the first (''FMLY'') of the data file types. These files include housing characteristics, family size, education, financial status and transactions, and employment. Information on individual Consumer Unit members is provided in a second file type (''MEMB''). Included are data on age, race, sex, marital status, education, taxes paid, benefits received, and employment. The remaining two types of files supply detailed expenditure (''MTAB'') and income (''ITAB'') data coded according to job titles from the Universal Classification Code (UCC). All of the data files contain Consumer Unit Identification Numbers that enable users to merge data from the various files. In addition to the 36 data files, four documentation files are included with the dataset. Two of these contain cross-references to Bureau of Labor Statistics Bulletin 2225, the published version of the collection. A third lists UCC codes and titles, and the last is a machine-readable version of the printed documentation. There are approximately 4,725 records in each FMLY file, with nearly 480 variables and a logical record length of 1,210 characters. The MEMB files average around 12,600 records, with approximately 120 variables and logical record lengths of 280 characters. The MTAB files contain eight variables, with logical record lengths of 33 characters and record counts of about 367,000. The ITAB files, averaging about 165,000 records, have seven variables and logical record lengths of 32 characters.

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.

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