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Estimating household consumption expenditures in the United States using the Interview and Diary portions of the 1980, 1990, and 1997 Consumer Expenditure Surveys

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This paper summarizes household-expenditure patterns in the United States based on the 1980, 1990, and 1997 Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CEX). The CEX data used in the analysis have been organized to make them as comparable as possible to data extracted from corresponding expenditure surveys in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The paper first discusses the structure and some of the relevant limitations of the CEX survey; next provides a description of the procedures used to make the data compatible with other national expenditure surveys; and, finally, reviews some of the expenditure patterns in the resulting data. The paper is part of a broader international project ("Demand Patterns and Employment Growth" or DEMPATEM), which seeks to analyse the impact of international differences in the consumption of services on national employment outcomes.

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  • John Schmitt, 2004. "Estimating household consumption expenditures in the United States using the Interview and Diary portions of the 1980, 1990, and 1997 Consumer Expenditure Surveys," DEMPATEM Working Papers wp1, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
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    1. Laura Blow & Adriaan Kalwij & Javier Castillo, 2004. "Methodological issues on the analysis of consumer demand patterns over time and across countries," DEMPATEM Working Papers wp9, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
    2. Maria Jose Luengo-prado & Javier Castillo, 2004. "Demand Patterns in Spain," DEMPATEM Working Papers wp4, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
    3. Deaton, Angus S & Muellbauer, John, 1980. "An Almost Ideal Demand System," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 70(3), pages 312-326, June.
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    1. Ronald Schettkat & Joep Damen, 2004. "Demand Patterns and Employment Structures an Aggregate Analysis," DEMPATEM Working Papers wp11, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.

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