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Asking Consumption Questions in General Purpose Surveys

  • Martin Browning
  • Thomas F. Crossley
  • Guglielmo Weber

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.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 77.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2002
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:77
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