Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
The April survey shows median inflation expectations declined by 0.2 percentage point at both the one- and three-year horizons, to 2.6 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively, marking their lowest readings since late 2017. The declines were broad-based across income groups. Home price change expectations remained stable at their recent low level. However, respondents were more optimistic about their households’ overall financial situation and about the labor market, with expectations about the U.S. unemployment rate, finding a job, and losing one’s job all improving.

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Press Release: April Survey of Consumer Expectations Shows a Dip in Consumers’ Inflation Expectations
(Feb 2019)

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

SCE Labor Market
Focus: Individuals' experiences and expectations in the labor market-including earnings, job transitions, and job offers. Updated every four months since 2014.
(Dec 2018)

SCE Credit Access
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding credit demand and credit access. Updated every four months since 2013.
(May 2018)

SCE Housing Survey
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding housing market conditions. Fielded annually 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.