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ERIC Number: ED141428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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The 1972-73 Consumer Expenditure Survey. The Measure of Poverty, Technical Paper VIII.
King, Jill
This technical paper describes the latest consumer expenditure survey for the period of 1972 to 1974. The survey is a comprehensive source of detailed information on the expenditure patterns and savings behavior of American consumers in relation to their income and other characteristics. The first part of the paper describes the most recent survey, its sample design, questionnaire content, and general limitations. Section 2 reviews the major uses of data provided by the survey. The discussion focuses on the survey's usefulness for deriving measures of poverty, indicating both strengths and weaknesses. The basic conclusion is that, while the data collected in the survey are ideal in most respects for construction of alternative poverty measures, for both needs and income the sample size is not large enough to support meaningful analysis of breakdowns cross-classified by income, family size, geographic location, and Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas of residence. Section 3 discusses the preliminary results of the survey in terms of changes in basic spending patterns for food that have occurred since the last survey. (Author/AM)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 443 D-South Portal Building, Washington, D.C. 20201
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
Note: For related documents, see UD 016 918-929 and UD 017 087; Best copy available