Children's income and expenditure

Date of publication: October 1, 1978

Author: Wendy Law


The paper below describes a survey conducted in 1976 to assess and examine the sources of income and the size and nature of expenditure of children aged 5-15 in Great Britain. The method chosen was the use of self-completion diaries in which children recorded for seven days all their transactions - the product or service bought, price paid, place bought and the source of the income spent. The data gathered from the sample of 1403 were grossed up/ weighted to represent the expenditure of the population of children 5-15 in Great Britain. At the recall stage a further questionnaire was administered to ascertain the child's income and his/her sources of money and a previously promised incentive was left.

Wendy Law


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