April 2013

Consumer Expenditure Survey Microdata Users’ Workshop, July 2012

Geoffrey D. Paulin, Ian Elkin

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) is the most detailed source of expenditures, demographics, and income collected by the federal government. Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics CE program releases microdata on the CE website from its two component surveys (i.e., the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey), which researchers in a variety of fields use, including academia, government, market research, and other private industry areas.

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