Center for Microeconomic Data

Survey of Consumer Expectations
The April 2020 Survey of Consumer Expectations shows a considerable deterioration in households’ expectations about most economic outcomes. Median inflation expectations increased in April by 0.1 percentage point at the one-year horizon to 2.6 percent and by 0.2 percentage point at the three-year horizon to 2.6 percent. Respondents, however, increasingly disagree about the future path of inflation.

For more details:
Press Release: Consumer Expectations Deteriorate Sharply for the Second Consecutive Month
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.