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Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking


Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), which evaluates the economic well-being of U.S. households and identifies potential risks to their financial stability. The survey includes modules on a range of topics of current relevance to financial well-being including credit access and behaviors, savings, retirement, economic fragility, and education and student loans.

All reports and related publications, including the most recent report, can be accessed through the "Publications" link above. In addition, the de-identified individual level data from the SHED and the corresponding documentation are available through the "Data" link above.

2016 Videos:

 Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households Overview

 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking: Findings on Income Volatility

 A closer look at findings on retirement planning from the survey

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015 (PDF) | HTML
May 25, 2016

This report analyzes results of the Board’s third Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, conducted in October  and November 2015, and compares them with results from the previous year's survey. This survey provides insights into the well-being of households and consumers, and provides important information about how individuals and their families are faring in the economy.

Last update: August 30, 2016