consumption

Underreporting of Purchases in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey

Motivated misreporting occurs when respondents give incorrect responses to survey questions to shorten the interview; studies have detected this behavior across many modes, topics, and countries. This paper tests whether motivated misreporting …

Panel Conditioning in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey

The U.S. Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey asks many filter questions to identify the items that households purchase. Each reported purchase triggers follow-up questions about the amount spent and other details. We test the hypothesis that …

Motivated Misreporting in the Consumer Expenditure Household Survey

Motivated misreporting occurs when respondents give incorrect responses to questions to shorten a survey interview. Previous research has shown that motivated misreporting occurs across many modes, topics and countries. Those studies have often …

Rotation Group Bias in Reporting of Household Purchases in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey

We find rotation group bias in reports of spending in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey. Contrary to our expectations, the more waves respondents complete, the higher the quality of their responses. Respondents become more likely to report the …