2003 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) Final Version 1.0

February 19, 2007

2003 CAMS Final Version 1.0 release is now available.

In the fall of 2003, questionnaires assessing individual activities and household patterns of consumption were mailed to a sub sample of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The 2003 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS), was an extension of the 2001 CAMS conducted in the fall of 2001.

In the early release of the CAMS, the data in Section A were rounded. For example, 15 minutes would appear as 0 and 1.5 hours would appear as 2. However, in the final release of the 2003 CAMS the data in Section are not rounded. For example, 15 minutes appears in the data as .25 hours. In addition, a wave designator has been added as part of the variable name. So, A1 was renamed to A1_03. Finally, be aware of width changes as well.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.