Measuring Total Household Spending in a Monthly Internet Survey: Evidence from the American Life Panel
AbstractBeginning in May 2009 we fielded a monthly Internet survey designed to measure total household spending as the aggregate of about 40 spending components. This paper reports on a number of outcomes from 30 waves of data collection. These outcomes include sample attrition, indicators of data quality such as item nonresponse and the variance in total spending, and substantive results such as the trajectory of total spending and the trajectories of some components of spending. We conclude that high-frequency surveying for total spending is feasible and that the resulting data show expected patterns of levels and change.
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Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Publication status: published as Michael D. Hurd, Susann Rohwedder. "Measuring Total Household Spending in a Monthly Internet Survey: Evidence from American Life Panel," in Christopher Carroll, Thomas Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors, "Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures" University of Chicago Press (2013)
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