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Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures
with Christopher Carroll, John Sabelhaus
Conference held December 2-3, 2011
Forthcoming from University of Chicago Press
in NBER Book Series Studies in Income and Wealth

Working Papers and Chapters

July 2014Introduction to "Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures"
with Christopher D. Carroll, John Sabelhaus
in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Christopher Carroll, Thomas Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors
The chapters in this volume approach the issue of improving the measurement of consumption expenditures from many different perspectives. There are also connections between the various chapters and the National Academy of Science (NAS) report on the proposed Consumer Expenditure (CE) survey redesign, which was published around the same time that these CRIW conference presentations were prepared for final publication in this volume. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the premise and goals for the CRIW conference, and summarizes the contributions in the sixteen individual CRIW conference contributions, with a particular focus on how each chapter relates to the proposed CE redesign and NAS report. The first chapter in the volume provides a review of the current state of knowl...
Asking Households about Expenditures: What Have We Learned?
with Joachim K. Winter
in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Christopher Carroll, Thomas Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors
There is mounting evidence of problems with the household budget surveys conducted by national statistical agencies in many countries. When designing household surveys, including surveys that measure consumption expenditure, numerous choices need to be made. Which survey mode should be used? Do recall questions or diaries provide more reliable expenditure data? How should the concept of a household be defined? How should the length of the recall period, the level of aggregation of expenditure items, and the response format be chosen? How are responses affected by incentives? Can computer-assisted surveys be used to reduce or correct response error in real time? In this chapter, we provide a selective review of the literature on these questions. We also suggest some promising directions for...
October 2013Asking Households About Expenditures: What Have We Learned?
with Joachim K. Winter: w19543
When designing household surveys, including surveys that measure consumption expenditure, numerous choices need to be made. Which survey mode should be used? Do recall questions or diaries provide more reliable expenditure data? How should the concept of a household be defined? How should the length of the recall period, the level of aggregation of expenditure items, and the response format be chosen? How are responses affected by incentives? Can computer-assisted surveys be used to reduce or correct response error in real time? In this paper, we provide a selective review of the literature on these questions. We also suggest some promising directions for future research.

Forthcoming: Asking Households about Expenditures: What Have We Learned?, Thomas F. Crossley, Joachim K. Winter. in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Carroll, Crossley, and Sabelhaus. 2014

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