2008 CE Public-Use Microdata

The 2008 public-use microdata (PUMD) were originally released to the public on October 15, 2009. Two errata were issued after the release. The zip files below contain the most recent version (December 2, 2009) of the 2008 PUMD, including addenda files.

About 2008 CE PUMD

Some of the highlights and changes in the 2008 PUMD were:

  • In 2008 additional questions were added to the Interview to specifically capture information on the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. These questions were implemented in June 2008 and the data collected is compiled into a tax rebate file (ERBT). For each rebate reported by the CU, there is a record in the ERBT file. For more information see the subset of documentation files below.
  • Beginning in 2008Q1 the poverty-related variables were expanded in the Diary to include both current year (CY) and prior year (PY) information, in order to facilitate different measures of poverty. For more information see the Diary Documentation (PDF) below.

2008 CE PUMD Files

To learn how to download the zip files below, please see Instructions for Downloading Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Microdata and Documentation. See the 2008 read me text file for a listing and information about the 2008 PUMD files. Also, a 'Getting Started' guide (PDF) is available to those who are new to CE PUMD.

  • SAS
  • Interview (zip) (76.2 MB) | EXPN (zip) (18.9 MB) | Diary (zip) (15.2 MB)
  • SPSS
  • Interview (zip) (92.5 MB) | EXPN (zip) (27.8 MB) | Diary (zip) (19.3 MB)
  • Interview (zip) (61.8 MB) | EXPN (zip) (13.4 MB) | Diary (zip) (11.0 MB)
  • ASCII (Comma-Delimited)
  • Interview (zip) (68.7 MB) | EXPN (zip) (15.9 MB) | Diary (zip) (12.3 MB)

    2008 documentation

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

    If the information is not accessible to you due to a disability, please contact us via email. Please provide the location of the requested information, the desired format, and a mailing address in case we have to mail the information to you.

    2008 Microdata Documentation

    Note: The 2008 documentation below is a subset of files included in the documentation zip file above.

    • Public-Use Interview Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF 1.4MB)
    • Public-Use Interview Survey Data Dictionary (PDF 1.5MB)
    • Public-Use Diary Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF)
    • Public-Use Diary Survey Data Dictionary (PDF)
    • Archived Documentation and Errata

    2008 Microdata Errata

    This section lists all the errata that were issued for the 2008 PUMD release.

    Please note: the files available for download already have the necessary addenda applied. The users need not apply any addenda themselves.


    Brief description

    December 2, 2009

    An error was found in the month of receipt in the public-use Interview Tax Rebate file (RBT08) and related values in the MTAB file (MTBI083). The error does not involve the dollar amounts received or how the money was intended to be used by the respondents. For more information see the original errata release.

    December 2, 2009

    Four variables from the UTA file were found to be missing in the PUMD Access data dictionary and the Interview Data Dictionary. Additionally, the year values in the QYEAR variables in the PUMD Access data dictionary and Interview Data Dictionary were not updated to reflect the current release years. For more information see the original errata release.

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    Last Modified Date: March 5, 2014