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Consumer Expenditure Surveys

Consumer Expenditure Survey Anthology, 2011

Table of Contents

Part I. Survey Research and Methodology

  • Gemini Project overview (PDF)
  • A major multiyear redesign of the Consumer Expenditure Survey has commenced. The mission of the Gemini project is to promote improved expenditure estimates by reducing measurement error.
    Jennifer Edgar and Adam Safir
  • An introduction to the Contact History Instrument (CHI) for the Consumer Expenditure Survey (PDF)
  • The Contact History Instrument is designed to capture information about the data collection effort and the interviewer’s interactions with the respondent. An overview of the CHI is given, with examples of information that the CHI data provide about data collection efforts.
    Lucilla Tan
  • CE source selection for publication tables (PDF)
  • The methods used to select the appropriate survey—the Interview or Diary Survey— for items published in CE data tables are described, and results are shown from the latest analysis.
    Brett Creech and Barry Steinberg

Part II. Analyses Using Survey Data

  • Health care spending patterns of U.S. consumers, by age, 1998, 2003, and 2008 (PDF)
  • The share of total spending allocated to health care varies substantially by age group and has changed over the last decade.
    Ann C. Foster and Craig J. Kreisler
  • How consumers used the 2008 tax rebates: spending, saving, or paying off debt (PDF)
  • In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service mailed economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million income tax filers. Data obtained from responses to supplemental questions to the Interview Survey component of the Consumer Expenditure Survey were analyzed to see who received the payments and how they were used.
    Geoffrey Paulin
  • Household spending by single persons and married couples in their twenties: a comparison (PDF)
  • The twenties are a period of transition for consumers. Differences in spending patterns between the early and late twenties within the single and married-couple categories are examined, followed by a comparison between single persons and married couples in their early and late twenties.
    William Hawk
  • Appendix: Description of the Consumer Expenditure Survey (PDF)

The full PDF version of the Consumer Expenditure Survey Anthology, 2011 (2.8 MB)


Last Modified Date: July 19, 2011