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Micro vs. macro consumption data : the cyclical properties of the consumer expenditure survey

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  • Rodolfo G. Campos

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  • Ilina Reggio

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  • Dionisio García-Píriz

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The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX) offers the most comprehensive consumption data at the consumer level for the United States. Several previous studies have shown a large gap between per-capita consumption from the CEX and the aggregate Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) series. While previous research has focused on consumption levels, we focus on the cyclical properties of consumption. We find that the cyclical properties of consumption expenditure data from the two sources are quantitatively very different. This result calls for caution when using CEX data for business cycle research.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we1220.

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Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we1220

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Keywords: Consumption; Business cycles; Consumer expenditure survey; Personal consumption expenditure;

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