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Finding Data: Data on Consumer Spending & Finance


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    Consumer Spending & Finance - Non USA ::

    Cost of living statistics by city for United States and select Canadian cities. For statistics prior to 1990, see the print in Firestone Library which goes back to 1981. HD6983.I57 The preceding title was Cost of living indicators. Inter-city index report. Holdings are spotty and under call numbers HD6983.A7 (1972, 1978) and HD9004.A4 (1979-1981).

  • AFDC Data Archive (1967-1997)
    AFDC (Aid to families with dependent children) data for Assistance Units and Persons.

  • Billion Prices Project
    Academic initiative that uses prices collected from hundreds of online retailers around the world on a daily basis to conduct economic research. Data is available for the following: (1) Online - Offline Price Comparison: Online and offline prices for individual goods sold by 56 large multi-channel retailers in 10 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, South Africa, UK, and the US. 2014 to 2016 (2) Supermaket Data: Daily prices for all goods sold by 7 of the largest supermarkets in Latin America and the US: 2 in Argentina, 1 in Brazil, 1 in Chile, 1 in Colombia, 1 in Venezuela, and 1 in the US. Covers 2007 to 2011 and (3) Global Retailers Data: Daily prices for all goods sold by APPLE, IKEA, ZARA, and H&M from 2008 to 2013 in 85 countries. Coverage of countries varies by retailer and time (but includes 2008 to 2013).

  • Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) (1986+)
    National sample survey that collects information on the stock of U.S. commercial buildings, their energy-related building characteristics, and their energy consumption and expenditures. Commercial buildings include all buildings in which at least half of the floorspace is used for a purpose that is not residential, industrial, or agricultural, so they include building types that might not traditionally be considered "commercial," such as schools, correctional institutions, and buildings used for religious worship.

  • Compact disc sales data, 1997-2012Q1
    Nielsen Soundscan compact disc sales data for 1997 to 2002, broken out by metropolitan area and distribution type (Chain vs.Independent vs. mass merchant vs. non-traditional venue). Data for 2003-2012Q1 are totals by metropolitan area.

  • Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) Series (1960-1961, 1972-1973, 1980+)
    Formerly called the Survey of Consumer Expenditures. Provides a continuous flow of information on the buying habits of American consumers and also furnishes data to support periodic revisions of the Consumer Price Index. The unit of analysis is the consumer unit, consisting of all members of a particular housing unit who are related by blood, marriage, adoption, or some other legal arrangement. Consumer unit determination for unrelated persons is based on financial independence. More recent ones are available direct from the BLS.

  • Cost of Living Survey Series
    Consists of 4 studies: "Cost of Living of Industrial Workers in the United States and Europe, 1888-1890", "Cost of Living in the United States, 1917-1919", "Study of Consumer Purchases in the United States, 1935-1936", and "Cost of Living Index for the American States, 1960-2003".

  • Electric Utility Rate Demonstration Project (1975-1980)
    Series of studies on customer response to utility regulatory pricing early in 1975. The project consists of a 5-part study for Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

  • Health New Zealand Database on Tobacco Consumption and its determinants in 23 OECD Countries, 1960-2000
    Provides information on consumption and warning labels for cigarettes and tobacco.

  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
    Third (and most recent) in a series of national probability surveys conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on the financing and utilization of medical care in the United States.

  • National Consumer Broadband Service Capability Survey
    The Broadband Data Improvement Act directed the Federal Communications Commission to conduct and make public periodic surveys of consumers as part of the FCC's efforts to understand who uses broadband, who does not, and, if not, why people do not subscribe.

  • National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS)
    1st nationally representative survey of American households to collect unique and comprehensive data about household food purchases and acquisitions. Detailed information was collected about foods purchased or otherwise acquired for consumption at home and away from home, including foods acquired through food and nutrition assistance programs. Includes nationally representative data from 4,826 households, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households, low-income households not participating in SNAP, and higher income households. FoodAPS provides information about household size and composition, available resources (including food and nutrition assistance program benefits, if any), and acquired food items (and their prices). Data is restricted and only acccessible through the NORC Data enclave.

  • National Medical Expenditure Survey (1977+)
    Information on health expenditures by or on behalf of families and individuals, the financing of these expenditures, and each person's use of services.

  • Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database (QFAHPD)
    Provides food price data to support research on the economic determinants of food consumption, diet quality, and health outcomes.

  • RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities Data Core Series (CPHHD)
    Dynamic collection composed of a wide selection of analytical measures, encompassing a variety of domains, all derived from a number of disparate data sources. There are currently 7 studies derived for a variety of substantive areas including: Cost-of-Living, Disability, Pollution, Segregation Indices, Street Connectivity, an Index of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, and an Abridged Decennial Census. The central focus is on geographic measures for census tracts, counties, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) from two distinct geo-reference points, 1990 and 2000. The number and comprehensiveness of the measures derived within each data set vary according to the expansiveness of the substantive area. Generally speaking, the time periods for which these data are available is the 1990-2000 time period, though data are available for years before and after this time frame, depending upon the data set.

  • Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) (1987+)
    National area-probability sample survey that collects energy-related data for occupied primary housing units.

  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior (1953-March 2014)
    Measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why these changes occur, to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases, and to forecast changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Changes in consumers' willingness to buy are best assessed by making use of the answers to all questions asked in the surveys, especially the open-ended questions that probe underlying reasons. Nevertheless, in order to make available a summary measure of change in consumer sentiment, the Survey Research Center uses the answers to selected questions to calculate an Index of Consumer Sentiment. Each survey also probes a different aspect of consumer confidence. The surveys use a national sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling that is representative of the adult population of the United States. For time periods not held by ICPSR, see the Surveys of Consumers website. Free registration is required. There is an embargo on the most recent 6 months. Up to date summary data can be found in Datastream. Also known as the Surveys of Consumers.

    Sample Size: National sample of dwelling units selected by area probability sampling that is representative of the adult population of the United States.

  • Survey of Consumer Expectations (2013+)
    Federal Reserve survey of consumer expectations for inflation and home prices.

  • Survey of Consumer Finances. 1947-1971, 1977, 1983+
    Since 1983, conducted every 3 years. Collects information on the assets, liabilities and other financial characteristics of households. Only U.S. survey that contains an oversample of wealthy households. For data prior to 1983, see ICPSR. For an overview, see Lindamood, Hanna, and Bi.

    Sample Size: About 4,500 families are interviewed in the main study.

  • Survey of Consumer Payment Choice (2008+)
    Reports data on consumers' adoption and use of 10 payment instruments as well as consumers' assessment of payment instrument characteristics like cost and security.

  • Vehicle Energy Consumption Survey Data (2001 data)

This page last updated: October 21, 2009