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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, August 2003 [electronic resource]

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Format
Computer Resource; Online
Published
Ann Arbor, Mich. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor] 2012
Edition
2012-06-25
Language
English
Series
ICPSR
ICPSR (Series)
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AVAILABLE. This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions.
Abstract
This survey was undertaken to measure changes in consumer attitudes and expectations, to understand why such changes occur, and to evaluate how they relate to consumer decisions to save, borrow, or make discretionary purchases. This type of information is essential for forecasting changes in aggregate consumer behavior. Since the 1940s, these surveys have been produced quarterly through 1977 and monthly thereafter. The surveys conducted in 2003 focused on topics such as evaluations and expectations about personal finances, employment, price changes, and the national business situation. Additional questions inquired about buying intentions for automobiles and computers, and the respondents' appraisals of present market conditions for purchasing houses, automobiles, computers, and other durables. Also explored in this survey were respondents' types of savings and financial investments, loan use, family income and sources of income, and respondents' ownership, lease, and use of automobiles. Other topics typically include respondents' use of personal computers at home and in the office, respondents' familiarity with and use of the Internet, electronic banking, and information on informed consent and confidentiality regarding the survey. Demographic information includes ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, and education.
Series Statement
ICPSR 32449
ICPSR (Series) 32449
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