2004 CE Public-Use Microdata

The 2004 public-use microdata (PUMD) were originally released to the public on January 31, 2006. Five errata were issued after the release. The zip files below contain the most recent version (January 28, 2010) of the 2004 PUMD. The addenda files associated with three of the errata below are incorporated into these data files, however, addenda for the remaining two will need to be applied manually with the supplied addendum files.

About 2004 CE PUMD

In 2004 CE began imputing income for incomplete income reporters. This change significantly improved CE estimates of overall income levels. For information on this change see the original notice. A User's Guide to Income Imputation in the CE (PDF) was also made available in December of 2006 which provides an in-depth overview of the imputation process.

2004 CE PUMD Files

To learn how to download the zip files below, please see Instructions for Downloading Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Microdata and Documentation. A 'Getting Started' guide (PDF) is also available to those who are new to CE PUMD.

  • SAS
  • Interview (zip) (68.4 MB) | EXPN (zip) (22.6 MB) | Diary (zip) (15.3 MB)
  • SPSS
  • Interview (zip) (82.4 MB) | EXPN (zip) (48.1 MB) | Diary (zip) (19.0 MB)
  • STATA
  • Interview (zip) (57.2 MB) | EXPN (zip) (19.0 MB) | Diary (zip) (11.4 MB)
  • ASCII (Comma-Delimited)
  • Interview (zip) (62.6 MB) | EXPN (zip) (22.3 MB) | Diary (zip) (12.4 MB)

    2004 documentation

    The documentation zip file contains user guides and documentation, data dictionaries, parameter files, and sample programs.

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    2004 Microdata Documentation

    Note: The 2004 documentation below is a subset of files included in the documentation zip file above.

    2004 Microdata Errata

    This section lists all the errata that were issued for the 2004 PUMD release.

    Date

    Brief description

    October 18, 2006

    An error was found in the 2004 PUMD. It stems from an error discovered in the transfer of interview survey data to BLS in Washington, D.C. 535 records were omitted from the MOR EXPN file and 1 record was omitted from the HEL EXPN file. For more information see the original erratum notice (PDF). Note: the addenda necessary to fix these issues have already been applied to the 2004 data available for download.

    July 13, 2007

    An error was found in the release of the public use Interview FMLI files affecting data for years 1999 to 2004. The travel summary expenditure variables TTRANPRP and TTRANPRC were miscalculated, which in turn affected other summary variables. For more information see the original erratum notice. Note: for 2004 only the calculations to all relevant variables have been corrected in the data available for download. For years prior, users will need to apply these corrections themselves. The original erratum gives instruction on how to do this.

    September 30, 2008

    An error was found in the release of the public use Interview and Diary files affecting data from 1980 through 2006. Due to a processing error the household identifier (HHID) was created incorrectly, linking some CUs together that are not actually residing in the same household. The addendum files necessary to fix this error are available for download alongside the respective data files. For more information read the original erratum notice.

    January 28, 2010

    An error was found in the release of the public-use Interview Expenditure (EXPN) files, affecting data from 2001 through 2007. Due to an error in processing, select records are missing from the FRB01-FRB07 files. Note that the corresponding UCCs and expenditure amounts in the MTBI files were not affected by this error. For more information read the full erratum notice (PDF). Note: the addenda necessary to fix this issue have already been applied to the 2004 data available for download.

    January 28, 2010

    An error was found in the release of the public-use Interview EXPN OVB file. Several records were given incorrect values for the variable VEHICYR. The addendum files necessary to fix this error are available for download alongside the respective data files. For more information read the original erratum notice (PDF).



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