Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
The median inflation expectation at the one-year horizon was stable at 2.8 percent in March, while increasing by 0.1 percentage point to 2.9 percent at the three-year horizon. The median price growth expectation for homes remained at 3.0 percent—the lowest reading of the series—for the fourth month in a row. Year-ahead expected earnings growth increased from 2.5 percent in February to 2.6 percent in March, the highest reading since September 2018; expectations, however, varied substantially across demographic groups. Median expected household income growth rebounded to 2.8 percent, after declining for three consecutive months.

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Press Release: Consumers’ Home Price Expectations Remain Subdued; Medium-Term Inflation Expectations See Partial Rebound in March
(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.