Study Description

The Survey of Economic Expectations (SEE), Waves 1-8, with data from the UW Survey Center's National Survey

Unique Identification Number:
CA-052-001-1-1-USA-DPLS-1994
Summary:
The Survey of Economic Expectations (SEE) is a nationwide survey that examines how Americans in the labor force perceive their near-term economic future.  The SEE questions are asked as a periodic module of the WISCON Survey, an ongoing project of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center.  The WISCON Survey consists of daily telephone interviews with a nationwide probability sample, including a set of constant core questions about experiences and attitudes, and additional questions such as those in the SEE module.  The SEE questions are asked during the May-July and November-January interviewing periods.  This dataset includes the SEE interviews from 1994 to 1998, producing a total of 5,423 interviews in eight waves.  The data from all of the SEE module questions and most of the WISCON core questions from these eight waves are included.
Methodology:
The first respondents were interviewed during the period of April-July 1994.  The interviewing rate varied somewhat across each wave of the SEE Module:

Wave of the SEE Module Date (period of the interview) Frequency (number of completed interviews)
Wave 1 4/94 - 7/94 971
Wave 2 10/94 - 2/95 480
Wave 3 5/95 - 8/95 774
Wave 4 11/95 - 2/96 661
Wave 5 5/96 - 8/96 752
Wave 6 11/96 - 2/97 695
Wave 7 5/97 - 8/97 566
Wave 8 11/97 - 2/98 644
TOTAL 5,543
(completed responses)
Technical Note:
When this data set was first deposited with DPLS, there were two data files: one STATA data file and one tab-delimited ASCII data file. DPLS staff wrote a SPSS statements file to read in the tab-delimited file. When the frequencies were run on this tab-delimited file, the results were different from the STATA data file. The problems were due to some embedded blanks and commas found in the tab-delimited file. DPLS staff decided to convert the STATA file to a comma-delimited file using DBMS Copy program. Later, the embedded blanks and commas were cleaned manually. Frequencies again were run on this new comma-delimited file using SPSS 9.0. The results were then compared to the frequencies in the codebook for the STATA file. The frequencies matched and the comma-delimited file was proved to be in good condition. A SPSS statements file was created for reading the comma-delimited data file by DPLS staff.
 
Data Format:
Stata 6.0 file, and comma-delimited ASCII data file
 
Documentation:
One codebook file and one SPSS statements file
 
Date of Study:
1994-1998
 
Geographic Coverage:
United States (Continental)
 
Descriptors:
Economic expectations, job loss, job search, employment, unemployment, subjective probability data