The 2016 and 2017 Surveys of Consumer Payment Choice: Technical Appendix

2018 • No. 18–4
By Marco Angrisani, Kevin Foster, and Marcin Hitczenko

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This report serves as the technical appendix to the 2016 and 2017 Surveys of Consumer Payment Choice, administered by the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). The SCPC is an annual study, created and sponsored by the Consumer Payments Research Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (now housed at the Atlanta Fed), designed primarily to collect data on attitudes to and use of various payment instruments by consumers over the age of 18 in the United States. This data report details the technical aspects of the survey design, implementation, and analysis.

  • Key Findings

    The technical appendix:

    • Establishes the context and goals of the survey.
    • Highlights changes in the survey from the 2015 version to the 2016 version and from the 2016 version to the 2017 version.
    • Details the sample selection strategy.
    • Discusses survey participation and item response rates.
    • Delineates the methodology used to generate the sample weights that are used to make inferences about the entire population of U.S. consumers.
    • Discusses the general philosophy taken toward data preprocessing of categorical  and quantitative variables and provides detailed algorithms for key data-editing procedures
    • Presents the statistical methodology used for estimating and comparing population estimates.
  • Implications

    Providing a detailed technical appendix is intended to enable users of the SCPC data and researchers who study the results and approach of the 2016 and 2017 SCPC to understand the data more completely and gain a deeper understanding of the survey results.

  • Abstract

    This document serves as the technical appendix to the 2016 and 2017 Surveys of Consumer Payment Choice administered by the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). The Survey of Consumer Payment Choice (SCPC) is an annual study designed primarily to collect data on attitudes toward and use of various payment instruments by consumers over the age of 18 in the United States. The main report, which introduces the survey and discusses the principal economic results, is on our website at frbatlanta.org/banking-and-payments/consumer-payments/survey-of-consumer-payment-choice. In this data report, we detail the technical aspects of the survey design, implementation, and analysis.