2009 CE Public-Use Microdata
The 2009 public-use microdata (PUMD) were originally released to the public on CD-ROM on
October 5, 2010. One erratum was issued after the release. The zip files below contain the most
recent version (December 15, 2010) of the 2009 PUMD, including addenda files.
About 2009 CE PUMD
The 2009 PUMD was the first year CE included paradata in the data files. Aside from this major addition, there were not many changes from the 2008 microdata. Some of the highlights and changes in the 2009 PUMD were:
- Beginning in 2009Q1, FPAR (CU Level Paradata file) has been included in the Interview files.
FPAR contains 11 quarters of data derived
from the CAPI instrument during the interview.
The file contains information on the flow of the interview, including the time it takes to answer
each question, if the interviewer revisited questions, the language the interview was conducted in, etc.
- Beginning in 2009Q1, MCHI (Contact History Attempt file) has been included in the Interview files.
Like FPAR, MCHI contains 11 quarters of data and is contained within the Interview files.
MCHI contains data pertaining to the interviewer's attempt(s) to connect with CUs,
which includes the number of contact attempts along with the day and time of each,
reason for refusal, method of interview, etc.
2009 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
2009 read me
text file for a listing and information about the 2009 PUMD files. Also, a 'Getting Started' guide (PDF) is available
to those who are new to CE PUMD.
The documentation zip file contains user guides and documentation, data dictionaries, parameter files, and sample programs.
2009 Microdata Documentation
Note: The 2009 documentation below is a subset of files included in the documentation zip file above.
- Public-Use Interview Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF 1.7MB)
- Public-Use Interview Survey Data Dictionary (PDF 2.2MB)
- Public-Use Diary Survey Microdata Documentation (PDF)
- Public-Use Diary Survey Data Dictionary (PDF)
- Archived Documentation and Errata
2009 Microdata Errata
This section lists all the errata that were issued for the 2009 PUMD release.
Please note: the files available for download are as originally released. Any addenda will have to be applied by the user.
December 15, 2010
Due to a processing error, several records in 2009Q3 were missing information regarding the
2009 rebate checks for social security recipients in the Interview MEMB file. This error affected
1,204 records and 6 variables. No expenditure or income estimates were affected
by the missing information. (PDF).
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Last Modified Date: June 19, 2013