How to Think About Time-Use Data: What Inferences Can We Make About Long- and Short-Run Time Use from Time Diaries?

25 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2010

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Harley Frazis

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jay Stewart

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Time-use researchers are typically interested in the time use of individuals, but time use data are samples of person-days. Given day-to-day variation in how people spend their time, this distinction is analytically important. We examine the conditions necessary to make inferences about the time use of individuals from a sample of person-days. We also discuss whether and how surveys with multiple household members or multiple days are an improvement over single-diary surveys.

Keywords: time use, estimation, survey methods

JEL Classification: C81, D13, C83

Suggested Citation

Frazis, Harley and Stewart, Jay, How to Think About Time-Use Data: What Inferences Can We Make About Long- and Short-Run Time Use from Time Diaries?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5306. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1708752

Harley Frazis (Contact Author)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( email )

2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
DC
United States

Jay Stewart

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( email )

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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