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Project Title:

Redesigning the BLS Consumer Expenditure Surveys
PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-10-03        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics

RSO: House, Carol

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Project Scope
The National Research Council, through its Committee on National Statistics, will convene an expert panel to contribute to the planned redesign of the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The panel will review the output of a data user needs forum and a methods workshop, both convened by BLS. It will also conduct a household survey data producer workshop to ascertain the experience of leading survey organizations in dealing with the types of challenges faced by the CE surveys and a workshop on redesign options for the CE surveys based on papers on design options commissioned from one or more organizations. Based on the workshops and its deliberations, the panel will produce a consensus report at the conclusion of a 24-month study with findings and recommendations for BLS to consider in determining the characteristics of the redesigned CE surveys.

The project is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

The approximate start date for the project is 09/30/2010.

A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/08/2011
 Meeting 2 - 06/01/2011
 Meeting 3 - 10/26/2011
 Meeting 4 - 01/25/2012
 Meeting 5 - 10/16/2012


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Measuring What We Spend: Toward a New Consumer Expenditure Survey