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May 1992

Consumer spending on durables and services in the 1980’s

Maureen B. Gray

The past decade saw dramatic increases in expenditures for timesaving and entertainment-related good and services, many of an electronic or electrical nature. Much growth was spurred by women's increasing labor force participation. This article examines the pattern of spending of U.S. consumers on selected durables and services from 1980 to 1990, revealing that expenditures are divided fairly evenly between goods and services during the period.

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