Aggregate Consumption and Saving in the Postwar United States
Two commonly used sources of aggregate expenditure data are personal consumption expenditures in the National Income an d Product Accounts and the Consumer Expenditure Surveys administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The author adjusts b oth data sources to incorporate the service flows from owner-occupied housing and other consumer durables. A comparison of the two estimat es of aggregate expenditure reveals that the differences between the tw o data sets have been growing over time. By 1989 the level of aggregat e expenditure in the national accounts exceeds that reported in the Consumer Expenditure Surveys by $1224 billions. Less than half of th is difference can be attributed to definitional differences in the two data sources. Copyright 1992 by MIT Press.
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Volume (Year): 74 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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