Consumer Expenditure Survey Family-Level Extracts -- 1980:1 - 2003:2

This page contains the NBER collection of the Consumer Expenditure Survey. The Consumer Expenditure Survey, done by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, collects information from the Nation's households and families on their buying habits (expenditures), income, and characteristics. The strength of the survey is that it allows data users to relate the expenditures and income of consumers to the characteristics of those consumers. The survey consists of two components, a quarterly Interview Survey and a weekly Diary Survey, each with its own questionnaire and sample. The extracts of the quarterly Interview Survey, initiated by John Sabelhaus and continued by Ed Harris of the Congressional Budget Office, make access to data much more straightforward.

The family records data contain consumer unit information on expenditures, income, wealth, and basic household demographics. The member record data contains additional consumer unit member earnings and demographic information.

1985 Q3 and Q4 and 1995 Q3 and Q4 are not available due to a change in the sampling frame.

For each household, the four quarterly records have been merged into an annual record. For example, the 1997:1 files contain the annual expenditures for households that began the survey 1997:1 and combines expenditures reported from 1997:1 - 1997:4. None of the newid variables will match across quarters because each quarter is a completely different sample.

Both ".Z" and ".zip" files can be uncompressed with winzip. In addition, ".Z" files can be uncompressed using the UNIX uncompress command and ".zip" files can be unzipped with uncompression software. To check the ability to uncompress these files, download the small files compress.Z or compress.zip. These files give an example of how to read in .Z and .zip ASCII files into SAS for UNIX without decompressing the files. To download files in Internet Explorer, right click on them and select "Save Target As...". If the pdf documents appear to be all blank pages, get the latest Acrobat Reader at www.abobe.com.

The file size for the family files is about 300 Kb compressed, 3 Mb uncompressed. The size of the member files is about 300 Kb compressed, 1.5 Mb uncompressed. The compression ratio is over 90%. Documentation, family records, member records, and FORTRAN source code is available below. The source data used to create the extracts is available only from the BLS.

Internal users can access this data in a UNIX shell at /homes/data/ces_cbo or on an NBER PC via Network Neighborhood --> NBER --> home --> data --> ces_cbo

Updates and changes.

Documentation, Variable List, and Sample SAS Files

Documentation -- MS Word Cexfam.doc
Documentation -- WordPerfect Cexfam.wpd
Documentation -- Adobe PDF Cexfam.pdf
Documentation -- Text Cexfam.txt
Suggested Variable names & positions varlist.txt
Sample SAS Program -- Family Files cbofam.sas
Sample SAS Program -- Member Files cbomemb.sas
Sample SAS Program -- Merges the member and family files cbomerge.sas


Q1-Q4, Pkzipped
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
UNIX Compressed
1980 ffile80.zip ffile801.Z ffile802.Z ffile803.Z ffile804.Z
1981 ffile81.zip ffile811.Z ffile812.Z ffile813.Z ffile814.Z
1982 ffile82.zip ffile821.Z ffile822.Z ffile823.Z ffile824.Z
1983 ffile83.zip ffile831.Z ffile832.Z ffile833.Z ffile834.Z
1984 ffile84.zip ffile841.Z ffile842.Z ffile843.Z ffile844.Z
1985 ffile85.zip ffile851.Z ffile852.Z NA NA
1986 ffile86.zip ffile861.Z ffile862.Z ffile863.Z ffile864.Z
1987 ffile87.zip ffile871.Z ffile872.Z ffile873.Z ffile874.Z
1988 ffile88.zip ffile881.Z ffile882.Z ffile883.Z ffile884.Z
1989 ffile89.zip ffile891.Z ffile892.Z ffile893.Z ffile894.Z
1990 ffile90.zip ffile901.Z ffile902.Z ffile903.Z ffile904.Z
1991 ffile91.zip ffile911.Z ffile912.Z ffile913.Z ffile914.Z
1992 ffile92.zip ffile921.Z ffile922.Z ffile923.Z ffile924.Z
1993 ffile93.zip ffile931.Z ffile932.Z ffile933.Z ffile934.Z
1994 ffile94.zip ffile941.Z ffile942.Z ffile943.Z ffile944.Z
1995 ffile95.zip ffile951.Z ffile952.Z NA NA
1996 ffile96.zip ffile961.Z ffile962.Z ffile963.Z ffile964.Z
1997 ffile97.zip ffile971.Z ffile972.Z ffile973.Z ffile974.Z
1998 ffile98.zip ffile981.Z ffile982.Z ffile983.Z ffile984.Z
1999 ffile99.zip ffile991.Z ffile992.Z ffile993.Z ffile994.Z
2000 ffile00.zip ffile001.Z ffile002.Z ffile003.Z ffile004.Z
2001 ffile01.zip ffile011.Z ffile012.Z ffile013.Z ffile014.Z
2002 ffile02.zip ffile021.Z ffile022.Z ffile023.Z ffile024.Z
2003 ffile03.zip ffile031.Z ffile032.Z -- --


Q1-Q4, Pkzipped
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
UNIX Compressed
1980 mfile80.zip mfile801.Z mfile802.Z mfile803.Z mfile804.Z
1981 mfile81.zip mfile811.Z mfile812.Z mfile813.Z mfile814.Z
1982 mfile82.zip mfile821.Z mfile822.Z mfile823.Z mfile824.Z
1983 mfile83.zip mfile831.Z mfile832.Z mfile833.Z mfile834.Z
1984 mfile84.zip mfile841.Z mfile842.Z mfile843.Z mfile844.Z
1985 mfile85.zip mfile851.Z mfile852.Z NA NA
1986 mfile86.zip mfile861.Z mfile862.Z mfile863.Z mfile864.Z
1987 mfile87.zip mfile871.Z mfile872.Z mfile873.Z mfile874.Z
1988 mfile88.zip mfile881.Z mfile882.Z mfile883.Z mfile884.Z
1989 mfile89.zip mfile891.Z mfile892.Z mfile893.Z mfile894.Z
1990 mfile90.zip mfile901.Z mfile902.Z mfile903.Z mfile904.Z
1991 mfile91.zip mfile911.Z mfile912.Z mfile913.Z mfile914.Z
1992 mfile92.zip mfile921.Z mfile922.Z mfile923.Z mfile924.Z
1993 mfile93.zip mfile931.Z mfile932.Z mfile933.Z mfile934.Z
1994 mfile94.zip mfile941.Z mfile942.Z mfile943.Z mfile944.Z
1995 mfile95.zip mfile951.Z mfile952.Z NA NA
1996 mfile96.zip mfile961.Z mfile962.Z mfile963.Z mfile964.Z
1997 mfile97.zip mfile971.Z mfile972.Z mfile973.Z mfile974.Z
1998 mfile98.zip mfile981.Z mfile982.Z mfile983.Z mfile984.Z
1999 mfile99.zip mfile991.Z mfile992.Z mfile993.Z mfile994.Z
2000 mfile00.zip mfile001.Z mfile002.Z mfile003.Z mfile004.Z
2001 mfile01.zip mfile011.Z mfile012.Z mfile013.Z mfile014.Z
2002 mfile02.zip mfile021.Z mfile022.Z mfile023.Z mfile024.Z
2003 mfile03.zip mfile031.Z mfile032.Z -- --

FORTRAN Source Code

The source data used to create the extracts is available from the BLS.

main.f90 Main Program
doccex.f90 Creates 109 income, expenditure, and wealth categories
cexqtr.f90 Reads source CEX files (available from the BLS)
cexfam.f90 Creates unified family record from cexqtr.f90 output
create f & m files Applies attrition adjustment factors to cexfam.f90 output
inc22 An input file for doccex.f90
con47 An input file for doccex.f90
oth40 An input file for doccex.f90
mapwtv2.txt Maps CE interviews to calendar years
cextitle Contains titles of the 109 CE categories
Declarations A module containing program control variables used by many modules
aggreage Compares CEX and NIPA aggregates over time

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Last Update: July 17, 2011 Created by Jean Roth September 20, 2000

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