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Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures
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Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures

Christopher D. Carroll, Thomas F. Crossley, and John Sabelhaus

Abstract

Many countries including the U.S. are now embarking on multiyear projects to redesign their surveys of household expenditures. This volume presents work by many of the world’s leading experts on consumption measurement meant to illuminate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The aim of the volume, in broadest terms, is to provide a knowledge base for use of agencies and researchers as they design new systems for measurement of household expenditures. To that end, the volume includes a comprehensive set of chapters describing the current status and use of the U.S. Consumer Expenditu ... More

Keywords: expenditure, measurement, consumption, survey mode, measurement errors, data collection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226126654
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226194714.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher D. Carroll, editor

Thomas F. Crossley, editor

John Sabelhaus, editor

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Introduction

Christopher D. Carroll, Thomas F. Crossley, and John Sabelhaus

I What Do We Already Know about Collecting Household Expenditure Data?

1 Asking Households about Expenditures

Thomas F. Crossley and Joachim K. Winter

II Goals for the Expenditure Survey Redesign

3 The Benefits of Panel Data in Consumer Expenditure Surveys

Jonathan A. Parker, Nicholas S. Souleles, and Christopher D. Carroll

5 Using the CE to Model Household Demand

Laura Blow, Valérie Lechene, and Peter Levell

III Evaluating the Existing CE Survey

6 Understanding the Relationship

William Passero, Thesia I. Garner, and Clinton McCully

7 The Validity of Consumption Data

Adam Bee, Bruce D. Meyer, and James X. Sullivan

8 Is the Consumer Expenditure Survey Representative by Income?

John Sabelhaus, David Johnson, Stephen Ash, David Swanson, Thesia I. Garner, John Greenlees, and Steve Henderson

IV Alternative Approaches to Data Collection

10 Measuring the Accuracy of Survey Responses Using Administrative Register Data

Claus Thustrup Kreiner, David Dreyer Lassen, and Søren Leth-Petersen

14 Wealth Dynamics and Active Saving at Older Ages

Michael D. Hurd and Susann Rohwedder

15 Measuring Household Spending and Payment Habits

Marco Angrisani, Arie Kapteyn, and Scott Schuh