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2013 Survey of Consumer Finances

The 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is the most recent survey conducted. Below are links to the bulletin article, historical bulletin tables, full public dataset, extract dataset, replicate weight files, and documentation.

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Previous year SCF releases:

Summary Results

Changes in U.S. Family Finances from 2010 to 2013: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances (PDF)

Historic Tables and Charts
The following tables are based on those that have historically appeared in the Bulletin article. Estimates for all survey years from 1989 to the most recent survey year are included in both nominal and real terms. The SCF chartbook contains time series charts representing these estimates, and covers the period 1989 to the most recent survey year, in real terms. For each variable and classification group, the charts show the percent of families in the group who have the item and the median and mean amounts of holdings for those who have any. Users should be aware that because robust techniques were not used to calculate the mean estimates, results in some instances may be strongly affected by outliers. 

Tables based on internal and external data
File Type File* Documentation Last Updated
Excel Based on Internal Data Estimates in nominal dollars (22 MB Excel)**
Estimates inflation-adjusted to 2013 dollars (22 MB Excel)**
SAS macro (TXT) 9/4/2014
Excel Based on Public Data Estimates in nominal dollars (19 MB Excel)**
Estimates inflation-adjusted to 2013 dollars (19 MB Excel)
9/4/2014
PDF SCF Chartbook (3.6 MB PDF) 9/4/2014

See description of files and technical documentation for more information

**See Recent changes for 9/5/2014


Survey Data     

Full Public Data Set - Full data sets of all SCF variables.
File Type File* Documentation Last Updated
SAS Main survey data: CPORT version (10 MB ZIP)
Main survey data: COPY/EXPORT version (15 MB ZIP)
Codebook (2.6 MB ASCII) 9/25/2014
STATA Main survey data: Stata version (9 MB ZIP) 9/25/2014
ASCII Main survey data: ASCII (40 MB ZIP)
Map of variables: Excel (Excel)
Map of variables: Tab-delimited (ASCII)
9/25/2014

See description of files and technical documentation for more information

Special note to R users: An outside programmer has created scripts for converting and working with SCF data. These scripts are available for download from: https://github.com/ajdamico/usgsd/tree/master/Survey%20of%20Consumer%20Finances Leaving the Board

  

Summary Extract Public Data - Summary variables used in the Federal Reserve Bulletin article # all dollar variables inflation-adjusted to 2013 dollars.
File Type File* Documentation Last Updated
SDA online analysis SDA analysis tool Leaving the Board

Creating SCF Bulletin Tables in SDA (DOC)

SAS macro (TXT)

9/4/2014
SAS SAS extract data (3 MB ZIP) 9/4/2014
STATA Stata extract data (3 MB ZIP) 9/4/2014
Excel Excel extract data (30 MB ZIP) 9/4/2014

See description of files and technical documentation for more information

Replicate Weight Files 


Documentation 

Technical Documentation
File* Last Updated
Codebook (2.6 MB ASCII) 9/4/2014
Showcards (PDF) 9/4/2014
Questionnaire Outline (PDF) 9/4/2014
MR Interview Program (4.7 MB ASCII) 9/4/2014

See description of files and technical documentation for more information

Description of files and technical documentation

Tables based on public data
The calculations reported in these tables are weighted estimates made from the public data. These calculations may be convenient for users who want to ensure that their estimates align with those made for the writing of the most recent Bulletin article. The program that creates the variables can be found in the documentation column of the table.

Table based on internal data
The calculations reported in these tables are weighted estimates made from the internal data, incorporating any weighting adjustments implemented in the analysis of those data for purposes of the summary articles in the Federal Reserve Bulletin. The program that creates the variables can be found in the documentation column of the table.

SCF Chartbook
The SCF chartbook contains time series charts using triennial SCF data covering the period 1989 to 2010. The variables included are ones that appear in a selected set of the tables in the Bulletin article. For each variable and classification group, the charts show the percent of families in the group who have the item and the median and mean amounts of holdings for those who have any. All dollar estimates are given in 2010 dollars. The 2010 SCF chartbook is provided in a PDF format and includes all of the charts in the order they appear in the tables in the Bulletin article. The definitions of the summary variables are given by the SAS program used to create them.

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Description of full public data set files:

SAS format
The full final survey data are available to the public in two SAS transport formats that may be used with the current version of SAS. (Help is available for importing these files as SAS data sets.) One version is created using PROC CPORT; this is the smaller of the two files. The second one is created using PROC COPY with the EXPORT option; this file may be particularly convenient for users who do not have access to SAS, but who do have some means of translating the data set to another form using a software package that does not support CPORT files.

STATA format
Because the data set contains approximately 5300 variables, users will need to use Stata SE if they wish to import all the variables. Users of standard Stata will need to specify a subset of variables when using the data set.

ASCII format
The variables included in the ASCII format have exactly the same values as those in the SAS and Stata data set. The layout of the variables is given by a format file, which is provided in Excel and tab-delimited formats. Note that under certain operating systems the end of record marker will add one character to the record length listed in the format file.

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Description of summary extract public data files:

SDA analysis tool
A program provided by a third party for the online analysis of summary variables such as the statistics found in the Federal Reserve Bulletin article. SDA is developed and maintained by the Computer-assisted Survey Methods Program (CSM) at the University of California, Berkeley. The Help/FAQ file linked to at the top of the SDA page provides instructions on how to perform analysis of the data.

SAS format
The summary extract data set contains variables used in the Federal Reserve Bulletin article. All dollar variables have been inflation-adjusted to 2013 dollars. Definitions of the variables in the summary extract dataset can be found in the SAS program used to create the data set. The SAS version is created using PROC CPORT, a version using PROC COPY and the EXPORT option is not provided due to the limitation on the length of variable names when using the EXPORT option.

Excel format
Due to column limitations in versions of Excel prior to 2007, the full file can only be viewed in Excel 2007 and later versions.

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About the documentation

Codebook for the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances
The codebook contains the text, variable names, and responses for the questions asked in the survey. Also provided are a brief summary of the technical features of the survey design; a copy of the source code for the CAPI program, a concordance of variable names in the final data set and those used in the CAPI program; two programs that calculate standard errors for regression models and another program to calculate standard errors for simple statistics such as weighted medians, all three of which account for sampling error and multiple imputation; and a list of the variables included in the public data set.

Showcards
At key points during the administration of the interview, interviewers show the respondents a series of cards containing information relevant to framing or answering a question. Most of this information is displayed as part of the question text or response categories, but some is more general.

Questionnaire Outline
This outline cover the major topics addressed in the interview and it includes a reference to the SCF variable numbers. Users may wish to consult this outline to identify areas of interest and then use the variable numbers to locate the more detailed information given in the codebook.

MR Interview (r) Computer Code used for Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)
The 2013 survey data were collected using CAPI. A copy of the source code for the program is provided below. In previous years of the SCF, an executable version of the CAPI program has been provided, but for 2013, only a text version of the program code is available. Right click and choose save, then change the file extension to .mdd and this should allow licensed users of MR Interview to use the file with the software. 

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Missing Data

Missing data in the survey have been imputed five times using a multiple imputation technique. The information is stored in five separate imputation replicates (implicates). Thus, for the 6,026 families interviewed for the survey, there are 30,130 records in the data set. Eleven observations were deleted for the public version of the data set for purposes of disclosure avoidance; thus, there are 30,075 records in the public data set for 6,015 families. The codebook provides more detail on the structure of the data set and the steps taken for disclosure avoidance.

Replicate Weight Files

For many purposes, one must consider the sampling error of SCF estimates. However, because detailed information on the sample design cannot be released, and because of the complexity of the SCF design, users cannot apply some of the standard procedures for variance estimation.

A set of sample replicates has been created with bootstrap techniques and analysis weights have been computed independently for each replicate. Analysts may use these weights to make approximate estimates of sampling variance. Replicate weights corresponding to X42001 are available. See the codebook (txt) for more details. When uncompressed and restored to a V9.1.3 engine SAS data set, each file requires 71.1 MB of disk space. 

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* Some browser versions will download these files in unzipped form; the resulting files may require up to 72 MB of disk space. All of the versions of the full and summary extract public data sets are provided in compressed form as WINZIP files. Return to text


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Last update: September 25, 2014