Gemini Project to Redesign the Consumer Expenditure Survey

In 2009, the Gemini Project was launched to research and develop a redesign of the Consumer Expenditure (CE) surveys, addressing issues of measurement error and respondent burden. In July 2013, a redesign proposal (PDF) was approved, outlining the future direction of the CE survey. For more information on the history of the Gemini Project, including the vision and scope, presentations, and papers, see the Gemini Materials page.

Latest News on the Redesign

Overview of Redesign

  • Redesign Proposal Report (PDF) - this document provides full details on the CE redesign proposal prepared by the Gemini Design team.
  • Gemini Field Tests - this page host links and to information and materials about Gemini related field tests.
  • The figure below gives an overview of the redesign. Click here for a text version of this graphic.
  • Mouse over the graphic for more detail.

    For more detail on the proposed redesign, please refer to "Consumer Expenditure Survey: Redesign Proposal" prepared by the Gemini Design team (PDF).

    Comparison to Current Design

    The figure below gives a comparison of the current design to the redesign. Click here for a text version of this graphic.

    Mouse over the graphic to highlight corresponding changes between the current and new design.

    Outreach Events

    Prior to launching the formal implementation of the new design, the CE conducted numerous outreach events in an effort to educate our customers on upcoming changes and to obtain feedback on the impact on the users of the new design. The papers and presentations from these events are available in the CE Research Library.


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    Last Modified Date: January 23, 2017