Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
The July survey shows that median inflation expectations edged down 0.1 percentage point at both the one- and three-year horizons, to 2.6 percent. Expectations about finding a job if one’s job were lost slipped from last month’s series high but remained a bit above the twelve-month trailing average, while expectations for voluntarily leaving one’s current job in the next twelve months increased. After declining to a four-year low, expectations regarding the average interest rate on savings accounts ticked up in July, though they remained well below the twelve-month trailing average.

For more details:
Press Release: Household Expectations Remain Stable in July; Inflation Expectations Decline Slightly
(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.