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Allocation of Sample for the 2010 Redesign of the Consumer Expenditure Survey

Stephen Ash, Brian Dumbacher, David Swanson, Barry P. Steinberg, and Sally E. Reyes-Morales


This paper discusses the allocation of sample of the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) for the 2010 redesign. CE is a national survey of U.S. households that measures the expenditures made by households on different categories of items. The survey actually consists of two surveys. Small expenditures are collected in the CE Diary Survey and larger expenditures are collected in the CE Quarterly Interview Survey. Both CE surveys use a two-stage sample design, where the first-stage is a sample of counties or groups of counties and the second-stage is a sample of households within the counties or groups of counties.