Time Use and Population Representation in the Sloan Study of Adolescents

30 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2000 Last revised: 4 Apr 2015

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Casey B. Mulligan

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Barbara Schneider

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rustin Wolfe

University of Chicago - Department of Sociology

Date Written: November 2000

Abstract

Do studies of time use interfere too much in the lives of the subjects? As a result are those who agree to participate a biased sample of the population? We examine the characteristics of the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) adolescent sample from the Alfred P. Sloan Study of Youth and Social Development in order to detect and quantify instances of sampling and nonresponse bias. According to available proxies for time use and standard demographic variables, the Sloan ESM sample is nearly representative in terms of teen employment rates, parental employment rates, a student's grade point average, and TV watching. Work hours are slightly undercounted in the study because of slightly higher nonresponse rates by teenagers working long hours. The sample is less representative in terms of the time of week and gender; nonresponse is relatively common on school nights and (to a lesser extent) on weekends, and among boys. We offer some suggestions regarding general implications of our findings for the measurement of time use.

Suggested Citation

Mulligan, Casey B. and Schneider, Barbara and Wolfe, Rustin, Time Use and Population Representation in the Sloan Study of Adolescents (November 2000). NBER Working Paper No. t0265. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=250338

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Barbara Schneider

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Rustin Wolfe

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