Consumer Spending Research
Consumer Expenditure Surveys
Tables showing how much families spend in various categories from the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information is available by age, family composition, education, income, number of earners, occupation, region, and size of consumer unit. http://stats.bls.gov/cex/home.htm
CEDRIC - Consumer
and Economic Development Research and Information Center
Searchable research repository has huge section on Consumer Financial Behavior. http://www.chicagofed.org/cedric/cedric_index.cfm
by Age Group
Let's Talk Business, Sept. 2002 summary by Bill Ryan, UWEX, of "The Power of the Purse," supplement to American Demographics, July/August 2002. http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cced/lets/0902ltb.html
Expenditures on Children
PDF files of 1995-2003 USDA reports on child-rearing expenses from birth to 17. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/using2.html
Federal Judiciary Homepage:
News and Information
Newsroom offers the earliest release of quarterly bankruptcy statistics. http://www.uscourts.gov/news.html
Federal Reserve Board:
Statistics: Releases and Historical Data
Latest statistics on consumer credit and household debt service burden.
Debt Service and Financial Obligations Ratios
"Household debt service payments and financial obligations as a percentage of disposable personal income; seasonally adjusted." From Federal Reserve Board.
Recent Changes in U.S. Family Finances: Evidence from the 1998 and 2001 Survey of Consumer Finances Also results from the 1998 Survey and the 1995 Survey. http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/2003/0103lead.pdf
National Restaurant Association's summary data. http://www.restaurant.org/research/consumer/spending.cfm
Bureau of Labor Statistics summary 00-16 August 2000. http://www.bls.gov/opub/ils/pdf/opbils41.pdf
of Consumer Finances
"Triennial survey of the balance sheet, pension, income, and other demographic characteristics of U.S. families. The survey also gathers information on the use of financial institutions. The links to the surveys provide summary results of the surveys, codebooks and related documentation, and the publicly available data. http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/oss/oss2/scfindex.html
U.S. Census Bureau
Income data from various U.S. Census reports.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Resources information. http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html
Statistical Sources Webography
Sources selected for UWEX Cooperative Extension. http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/Steenbock/services/stats.htm
Consumers and Electronic Banking, 1995-2003
"This article draws on data from two nationwide surveys to look at consumer use of such products and services as debit cards, pre-authorized debits, and computer banking, particularly as use relates to consumer demographic characteristics and consumer perceptions." http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/2004/winter04_ca.pdf
"Delivers volume and value market size data across 52 countries. All the data is fully comparable across more than 350 consumer products and over a six-year time series. Key socio-economic parameters such as population trends and economic indicators are also included, to help place consumer trends in context."