The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is normally a triennial cross-sectional survey of U.S. families, but over the 1983–1989 and 2007–2009 periods, the survey collected panel data. The survey data include information on families’ balance sheets, pensions, income, and demographic characteristics. Information is also included from related surveys of pension providers and the earlier such surveys conducted by the Federal Reserve Board. By selecting a given survey in the drop-down box below, users may obtain summary results, codebooks and other documentation, and the publicly available data for that survey. Additional information about the survey, recent changes, answers to frequently asked questions and working papers on the surveys are available through the links above.
Users of the SCFs are strongly encouraged to examine the information provided in the technical codebooks and summary articles. These documents contain essential information about the surveys and have the answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about the SCFs.
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