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Asking consumption questions in general purpose surveys

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  • Martin Browning
  • Thomas F. Crossley
  • Guglielmo Weber

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In many research areas it is desirable to have information on household total expenditure ('consumption'). We draw evidence from several sources on the usefulness of recall consumption questions. We conclude that valid information can be collected by adding specific recall questions to general purpose surveys, and provide recommendations on how to do so. Copyright 2003 Royal Economic Society.

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  • Martin Browning & Thomas F. Crossley & Guglielmo Weber, 2003. "Asking consumption questions in general purpose surveys," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 113(491), pages 540-567, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:113:y:2003:i:491:p:f540-f567
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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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