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

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  • Frazis, Harley

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Stewart, Jay

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5306.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Publication status: published in: Annales d’Economie et Statistique, 2012, 105/106, 231-246
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5306

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  1. Hamrick, Karen S., 2012. "Nonresponse Bias Analysis of Body Mass Index Data in the Eating and Health Module," Technical Bulletins 131556, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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