Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
The August survey shows the median inflation expectation declined by 0.2 percentage point at the one-year horizon to 2.4 percent (a new series low), and by 0.1 percentage point at the three-year horizon to 2.5 percent. The median home price change expectation declined by 0.1 percentage point to a series low of 2.9 percent over the month. This decline was the first since December 2018, after eight consecutive readings of 3.0 percent. The median year-ahead expected price changes for gas, medical care, college education, and rent also fell.

For more details:
Press Release: Inflation Expectations Decline in August; Consumers Less Optimistic about Household Financial Situation and Economy
(Dec 2018)

SCE Credit Access
Survey
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding credit demand and credit access. Updated every four months since 2013.
(Feb 2019)

SCE Household
Spending Survey
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding household spending, budgeting, and saving. Updated every four months since 2014.
(May 2018)

SCE Housing
Survey
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding housing market conditions. Fielded annually since 2014.
(Dec 2018)

SCE Labor Market
Survey
Focus: Individuals' experiences and expectations in the labor market-including earnings, job transitions, and job offers. Updated every four months since 2014.
Fielding the Survey
The SCE is a nationally representative, Internet-based survey of a rotating panel of approximately 1,300 household heads. Respondents participate in the panel for up to twelve months, with a roughly equal number rotating in and out of the panel each month. Unlike comparable surveys based on repeated cross-sections with a different set of respondents in each wave, our panel enables us to observe the changes in expectations and behavior of the same individuals over time.