U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Expenditure Survey
Consumer Expenditure Survey Anthology, 2005
Table of Contents
Part I. Survey Research and Methodology
Is a user-friendly diary more effective? Findings from a test
- Exhibits 1 through 4 (PDF 760K)
A new Diary Survey questionnaire, designed to be more user-friendly, was tested to see how
well it performed compared to the questionnaire being used.
Eric Figueroa, Jeanette Davis, Sally Reyes-Morales, Nhien To, and Lucilla Tan
The efficacy of cues in an expenditure diary
A cognitive study tested whether adding cues to the recording pages of the new Diary
Survey questionnaire would result in more detailed reporting by respondents.
Nhien To, Eric Figueroa, and Lucilla Tan
Characteristics of nonresponders in the Consumer Expenditure Quarterly
Interview Survey (PDF 40K)
The characteristics of nonresponder consumer units were examined. The most common reason
given for not participating in the survey was "refusal."
Determining area sample sizes for the Consumer Expenditure Survey
Interview Survey (PDF 76K)
A new, automated method of allocating the nationwide Consumer Expenditure Survey sample
to individual geographic areas was developed.
Sylvia Johnson-Herring, Sharon Krieger, and David Swanson
Part II. Analyses Using Survey Data
From AFDC to TANF: Have the new public assistance laws affected consumer spending
of recipients? (PDF 62K)
There have been significant changes in the spending patterns of welfare recipients since
the enactment of welfare reform legislation in 1996. Some changes follow trends in the
non-welfare population, whereas others are unique to welfare recipients.
Spending patterns of older consumers raising a child
The demographic characteristics and spending patterns of older consumer units raising
children are different both from those of their generation who have no children at home
and from younger consumer units raising children.
Tobacco expenditures by education, occupation, and age
Average annual expenditures on tobacco continue to rise despite the heightened
awareness of the health issues involved, but expenditure increases are less than the increases
in the prices of tobacco products. Spending patterns among various education, occupation,
and age groups show marked differences.
Spending by singles
Many differences in spending patterns between single women and single men can be
explained by differences in characteristics between the two groups, particularly age.
However, differences remain even when controlling for age.
Trends in airfare expenditures
Spending on airline fares was at a peak prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
fell sharply after that, and rebounded some by late 2002. Spending dropped off more for some
age groups than for others, and the four regions of the country experienced different effects.
Appendix A: Description of the Consumer Expenditure Survey
The full PDF version of the Consumer Expenditure Survey
Anthology, 2005 (1.2 MB)
Last Modified Date: May 06, 2005