We have recently made our ‘derived datasets’ from these surveys, along with accompanying documentation, available for download (subject to safeguarding) via the UK Data Service.
The Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS), and its predecessors the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS) and the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) provide potentially the longest time series of data on spending, demographics and labour supply in the UK. The FES began in 1961, but since then the surveys have undergone many changes, which makes creating long time series of consistent variables difficult and time consuming.
Since analysis of these data is key to much IFS analysis, we have always created and maintained a consistent time series of data from these surveys for use for in-house research purposes.
These files provide rich data, all derived from the original surveys but in a more readily usable and user-friendly form, which can be used in a wide range of research on topics such as consumer behaviour and indirect taxation, labour supply, employment and pay, inequality and living standards.
Some examples of the work that has been published using these data can be found here:
Banks, J., Blundell, R., Levell, P., Smith, J., (2019) “Life-cycle consumption patterns at older ages in the United Kingdom: can medical expenditures explain the difference? American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol 11, 3, August 2019