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February 2010

New expenditure data in the PSID: comparisons with the CE

Geng Li, Robert F. Schoeni, Sheldon Danziger, Kerwin Kofi Charles

New data in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) align closely with corresponding measures from the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE), for each broad category in the former; imputed total PSID expenditures are very close to total ce expenditures, and cross-sectional life-cycle estimates of household expenditures are similar across the two surveys, both for total expenditures and for the distinct categories.

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