Murphy, D. C. '1973 Household Budget Survey: special features and results'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXIII, Part III, 1975/1976, pp135-191
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXIII, Part III, 1975/1976
The first report on the large scale national Household Budget Survey (HBS) conducted
by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) during 1973 was published earlier this month. It is,
therefore, particularly opportune to have been invited by the Society to read a paper tonight
on the HBS. At the outset I will briefly trace the historical development of these
surveys and discuss some of the interesting methodological features of the 1973 national
inquiry. After a brief look at the published results of the 1973 results I will examine the
changes in Irish expenditure patterns over time and make comparisons with the results of
a similar inquiry in the UK. I will then illustrate some important uses of the 1973 results
by examining special categories of households (e.g., pensioner, family units), by considering
the updating of Consumer Price Index (CPI) weights and by providing preliminary
estimates of expenditure elasticities. I conclude by summarising the current position of
the HBS and its future development.
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