All-India Household Consumer Expenditure Survey


The All-India Household Consumer Expenditure Survey, conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO) every five years, is set to resume this year after a prolonged break.

A decision has been taken to conduct the Survey from July and government has  begun planning exercises to train the enumerators who will carry out the 2022-23 Survey on the ground


The All-India Household Consumer Expenditure Survey is carried out by the National Statistical office under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

It is Conducted after every five years.

The last survey was conducted in 2017-18, but its report wasn’t officially released by the Government of India citing “data quality” issues.

The Survey is conducted between July and June and this year’s exercise is expected to be completed by June 2023.

The survey collects information on the consumption spending patterns of the households across the country, both urban and rural.

Objective of consumer expenditure survey

Record the information on the spending pattern of a resident in an house hold.

The household sectors cover the traditional households, and communal establishments like retirement homes, boarding houses and prisons.

The survey measures the consumer prices i.e the price actually paid by the consumer at the time of purchase (including non-deductible value added tax and other taxes on products, transport, and marketing cost.

Components of Household consumer expenditure
  1. Household spending on essential goods and services, such as food, clothing, rent etc.
  2. Household spending on products provided by the government, e.g. tickets to public museums, zoos.
  3. Household spending for licenses and permits, e.g. fees for issuing passports
  4. Household's consumption of outputs produced by them, e.g. consumption of milk and vegetables produced on a farm
  5. Income in kind earned by employees, e.g. free train tickets for railway employees
Need for Household Consumer Expenditure
  1. The estimates of consumption spending show the demand dynamics of the economy, living standards, and growth trends.
  2. Helps policymakers address possible structural anomalies in a specific socio-economic population.
  3. It provides a forecasting tool to producers of goods and services.
  4. Helps the government to establish a new base level for the GDP and other macro-economic indicators.
 Source: The Hindu
Posted by on 25th Apr 2022