Family Expenditure Survey


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Family Expenditure Survey (FES)

a UK government SOCIAL SURVEY which gathers information on spending patterns. It was initiated in January 1957 and is the longest-standing multipurpose survey in the UK. Responsibility for it is shared between the Department of Employment and the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. Originally, its purpose was to provide information for the Retail Price Index, but its scope has widened and it is now a major source of data on the charac teristics and circumstances of households. Apart from changes taking account of new services and commodities, the type of information collected has remained unaltered. For the first ten years it was based on a sample of 5000 addresses. From 1967 the sample has been approximately 11,000 addresses with about 7000 households cooperating. The scope is very comprehensive and respondents are asked to keep a record of all expenditure within a given period, including housing costs, telephone bills, insurance payments and certain types of credit. See also OFFICIAL STATISTICS, CENSUS, |GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY.
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The Family Expenditure Survey (FES) was introduced in 1957, and reports detailed information regarding demographics, income, and expenditure for a cross-sectional sample of households in the United Kingdom.
To see the usefulness of the kernel method Figure 1 presents kernel density estimates of log expenditure for a group of around 1,000 households from a single year of the UK Family Expenditure Survey.
We spend less than anyone else on cleaning products, such as soaps and detergents, according to the 1995/6 Family Expenditure Survey.
Stern (1990), "Spending on Alcohol: Evidence From the Family Expenditure Survey 1970-1983," Economic Journal, 100(September): 808-827.
Data from the Family Expenditure Survey suggest, however, that real wages for men in the bottom decile barely changed since 1978.
The results presented are obtained using pooled individual household data from the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) for the UK, 1970-84.
The sources of these data sets are (1) the Survey of Consumer Finances, (2) personal income tax returns, (3) unemployment insurance claim histories, and (4) the Family Expenditure Survey.
McGregor, "Is Low Spending or Low Income a Better Indicator of Whether or Not a Household is Poor: Some Results From the 1985 Family Expenditure Survey," Journal of Social Policy, 1992 vol.
The Government's Family Expenditure Survey also shows that although household income has risen to pounds 480, after tax that leaves around pounds 380.
Here is the Department of Trade's draft list of 90 items for survey, based on a Family Expenditure Survey carried out last year.
Using the BM methodology, but with Canadian Family Expenditure Survey data, Nicol and Nakamura (1992), referred to hereafter as NN, also reject the separability of commodity demands from household labor supply.
Our spending on leisure goods has increased as we plough our money into televisions, videos, computers, newspapers and magazines, toys, hobbies and gardening, according to the Family Expenditure Survey from the Office of National Statistics.