This report concludes the investigation of economic constraints on household consumption patterns, undertaken under project 275. Available Australian data on household (money) expenditures are examined, with particular emphasis on transport. Attention is directed towards (1) establishing the level of compatibility between time-series data and various cross-sectional surveys, and (2) assessing the practical value of a relatively unknown survey, the 1966-68 Australian survey of consumer finances and expenditure. The report identifies numerous differences in measurement and survey design which preclude strict comparisons between the various data sources. However, a consistent picture generally emerges with regard to both the major trends in household expenditures and the proportionate distribution of expenditure. Several factors which influence the pattern of expenditure over time are also identified and described. The analysis of the 1966-68 survey concentrates upon the major sources of variation in household expenditure: household income, age of household head, and vehicle ownership. Some consideration is also given to additional information collected on motor vehicle usage, vehicle age, and company allowances. While the 1966- 68 survey is a potentially rich data source, its practical value is limited because the information is somewhat dated and of poor quality. Notwithstanding, a number of interesting transport-related findings are highlighted. (Author/TRRL)

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • LANE, J E
    • MORRIS, J M
  • Publication Date: 1984-4

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  • Accession Number: 00394395
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-86910-070
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ARR 104 Res Rpt.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM