Consumer Expenditure Survey

2005 CE Public-Use Microdata

The 2005 public-use microdata (PUMD) were originally released to the public on February 16, 2007. Four errata were issued after the release. The zip files below contain the most recent version (January 28, 2010) of the 2005 PUMD. The addenda files associated with three of the errata below are incorporated into these data files, however, the erratum dated September 30, 2008 will need to be applied manually with the supplied addendum files.

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About 2005 CE PUMD

There was a sample redesign in 2005. As a result, users will not be able to link all consumer units whose participation spanned 2004 and 2005 sample designs. It is suggested that users use the 2003 and 2004 data or the 2005 and 2006 data for any micro-level longitudinal analysis. 2005 data users should be aware that the 2005 first quarter (Q051) data in the 2004 data are from the old sample design, while the Q051 data in the 2005 data are from the new sample design. Consequently, the data are not the same. Other changes include:

2005 CE PUMD Files

To learn how to download the zip files below, please see Instructions for Downloading Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) Microdata and Documentation. A 'Getting Started' guide (PDF) is also available to those who are new to CE PUMD.

  • SAS
  • Interview (zip) (67.2 MB) | EXPN (zip) (22.8 MB) | Diary (zip) (15.1 MB)
  • SPSS
  • Interview (zip) (85.9 MB) | EXPN (zip) (42.6 MB) | Diary (zip) (21.3 MB)
  • STATA
  • Interview (zip) (56.7 MB) | EXPN (zip) (17.0 MB) | Diary (zip) (11.7 MB)
  • ASCII (Comma-Delimited)
  • Interview (zip) (62.1 MB) | EXPN (zip) (19.9 MB) | Diary (zip) (12.5 MB)

    2005 documentation

    The documentation zip file contains user guides and documentation, data dictionaries, parameter files, and sample programs.

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    2005 Microdata Documentation

    Note: The 2005 documentation below is a subset of files included in the documentation zip file above.

    2005 Microdata Errata

    This section lists all the errata that were issued for the 2005 PUMD release.

    Date

    Brief description

    July 13, 2007

    An error was found in the release of the public use Interview MTBI files affecting data in 2005Q3. The variable QREC3MCX was incorrectly mapped to the discontinued UCC 310342, instead of its replacement UCC 310340. This error affected 14 summary-level variables in the FMLI053 file as well. For more information, including a list of the affected variables see the original erratum notice. Note: the addenda necessary to fix this issue have already been applied to the 2005 data available for download.

    November 19, 2007

    An error was found in the release of the public use Diary DTBD files affecting data in 2005. For select NEWIDs the variable AMOUNT corresponding to UCCs 950000 and 950010 was topcoded when it should not have been. The error inflated the overall mean for taxes. For more information see the original erratum notice. Note: the addenda necessary to fix this issue have already been applied to the 2005 data available for download.

    September 30, 2008

    An error was found in the release of the public use Interview and Diary files affecting data from 1980 through 2006. Due to a processing error the household identifier (HHID) was created incorrectly, linking some CUs together that are not actually residing in the same household. The addenda files necessary to fix this error are available for download alongside the respective data files. For more information read the original erratum notice.

    January 28, 2010

    An error was found in the release of the public-use Interview Expenditure (EXPN) files, affecting data from 2001 through 2007. Due to an error in processing, select records are missing from the FRB01-FRB07 files. Note that the corresponding UCCs and expenditure amounts in the MTBI files were not affected by this error. For more information read the full erratum notice (PDF). Note: the addenda necessary to fix this issue have already been applied to the 2005 data available for download.



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