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Activity Number: 87
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #304794
Title: Allocation of Sample for the 2010 Redesign of the Consumer Expenditure Survey
Author(s): Stephen Ash*+ and David Swanson
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Address: 4600 Silver Hill Rd, Washington, DC, 20233, United States
Keywords: two-stage design ; optimal allocation ; survey ; expenditures

This paper discusses the allocation of sample for the 2010 redesign of the Consumer Expenditures Surveys (CE). CE is a national survey of U.S. households that measures the expenditures made by households on different categories of items. The survey actually consists of two sub-surveys. Small expenditures are collected in the CE Diary Survey and larger expenditures are collected in the CE Quarterly Interview Survey. Both CE surveys use a two-stage sample design, where the first-stage is a sample of counties or groups of counties and the second-stage is a sample of households within the counties or groups of counties. In this paper we discuss methods for optimally allocating the survey's overall sample to the two sub-surveys where optimality is with respect to minimizing the survey's overall variance. Then, we compare several alternative methods for optimally allocating the sample to the s

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