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Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board, this triennial survey is the only fully representative source of information on the broad financial circumstances of U.S. households. The SCF is unique. No other survey collects data on the household finances of a probability sample of Americans. Data from the SCF are used to inform monetary policy, tax policy, consumer protection, and a variety of other policy issues. The data also serve as a basis for longer-term research on the economic state of the American family. The survey is thus of enormous consequence not only to the Board, which commissions it and has developed and shaped it, but also to millions of US taxpayers who have no idea of its existence.
The contents of the survey are of both a highly sensitive and technical nature. This instrument includes questions about the following:
In 2009, a re-interview was conducted with the respondents to the 2007 survey in order to assess the effects of the economic downturn in 2008. In prior rounds of the survey NORC conducted 4,500 interviews; the 2010
triennial survey collected detailed financial information from more than 6,500
respondents. The 2013 round of the SCF will collect data from 6,100 respondents
beginning in April.
Survey of Consumer Finances 2013 Respondent Website
Catherine C. Haggerty
Arthur KennickellJohn Sabelhaus
Catherine C. Haggerty
Senior Survey Statistician
Senior Fellow and Vice President