U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Expenditure Survey
Consumer Expenditure Survey Anthology, 2011
Table of Contents
Part I. Survey Research and Methodology
Gemini Project overview
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
The Contact History Instrument is designed to capture information about the data
collection effort and the interviewers interactions with the respondent. An overview
of the CHI is given, with examples of information that the CHI data provide about
data collection efforts.
CE source selection for publication tables (PDF)
The methods used to select the appropriate surveythe Interview or Diary Survey
for items published in CE data tables are described, and results are shown from the latest
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
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.
Household spending by single persons and married couples in their twenties: a comparison
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.
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