Consumer Expenditure Survey

Family Structure Snapshot

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) began in the late 19th century as a way to monitor the spending patterns of American consumers. From 1980 to present day, the CE has been administered as a continuous survey, in which a new sample of consumer units (CUs) is drawn every year and interviewed every three months over a twelve-month period. The Interview Survey component (the component from which this snapshot is comprised) is designed to capture larger or regularly occurring expenditures that can be easily remembered over a period of time. The study includes multiple measures of family structure including the marital status of respondents and the relationship of respondent to all members of their household.

Suggested Citation:
National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Measures Snapshots: Name of Data Set.
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