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Survey of Consumer Finances, 1958 [electronic resource]

Economic Behavior Program. Survey Research Center. University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Mich. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor] 1984
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This data collection is one in a series of financial surveys of consumers conducted annually since 1946. In a nationally representative sample, the head of each spending unit (usually the husband, the main earner, or the owner of the home) was interviewed. The basic unit of reference in the study was the spending unit, but some family data are also available. The questions in the 1958 survey covered the respondent's attitudes toward national economic conditions and price activity, as well as the respondent's own financial situation. Other questions examined the spending unit head's occupation, and the nature and amount of the spending unit's income, debts, liquid assets, changes in liquid assets, savings, investment preferences, and actual and expected purchases of cars and other major durables. The survey also elicited respondent's attitudes about different methods of using income remaining after expenses were met, e.g., investing in stocks or putting money in savings. In addition, the survey explored in detail the subject of housing, e.g., previous and present home ownership, value of respondent's dwelling, and mortgage information. Respondents also were asked for the details of the head's employment (e.g., full- or part-time and number of weeks in the year employed) and unemployment status. Personal data include number of people in the spending unit, age, sex, and education of the head, and the race and sex of the respondent.
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