Chapter 5 lays out the panel’s case about why the CE should be substantially redesigned, noting potential sources of error and respondent burden in both the Diary and Interview surveys. The chapter makes note of underreporting in both versions as compared to other sources of consumer information, most notably Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE).
Chapter 6 presents three potential redesign options developed by the panel, as well as the panel’s recommendations in moving forward. As expressed in these recommendations, the panel urges BLS to prioritize the uses of CE data, to create a roadmap for a redesign, and to conduct targeted research to ensure that any new effort is both workable and effective.
Appendix A contains a dissent statement from three panel members followed by a response by the majority of the panel. Appendixes B through F provide additional background information on various panel activities; and Appendix G provides biographical sketches of panel members and staff.