Research ResourcesSurvey of Consumer Finances
2004 Survey of Consumer Finances
Three types of technical documentation for the 2004 SCF are available on this page: the 2004 codebook, the household information packet (HIP), and an executable copy of the computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) program. In addition, technical working papers on the survey methodology are available.Codebook for the 2004 Survey of Consumer Finances
The codebook contains the text, variable names, and responses for the questions asked in the survey. Also provided are a brief summary of the technical features of the survey design; a copy of the source code for the CAPI program, a concordance of variable names in the final data set and those used in the CAPI program; two programs that calculate standard errors for regression models and another program to calculate standard errors for simple statistics such as weighted medians, all three of which account for sampling error and mutliple imputation; and a list of the variables included in the public data set.
Last updated 7/6/2012
At key points during the administration of the interview, interviewers show the respondents a series of cards containing information relevant to framing or answering a question. Most of this information is displayed as part of the question text or response categories, but some is more general.
Last updated February 28, 2006
Household Information Packet (HIP)
The 2004 HIP contains forms used for the non-interview reports, the household listing, the first contact with the household, and the record of calls made on the household.
HIP for AP cases ()
HIP for LS cases ()
Last updated May 26, 2004
Executable Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) Program
The 2004 survey data were collected using CAPI. A copy of the source code for the program is included in the codebook above. To see more directly the process faced by survey interviewers, use the executable version of the CAPI program posted below. The main program files are stored in a self-extracting zip file. A short README file describes the installation and running of the program on a DOS or Windows system. The version of the program offered here has been altered so that no data are saved upon exiting the program. No warranty is made for the performance of these files.
CAPI installation README ()
CAPI Program Files ()