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Understanding time use: Daily or weekly data?


  • Jara-Díaz, Sergio
  • Rosales-Salas, Jorge


The appropriate duration of time diaries as a source of time use data is analyzed in a structured way. Nine detailed European surveys based on seven-days diaries are used in order to study different dimensions of data quality, duration and variability of activities, and modeling capabilities. Pseudo diaries of 1, 2 (one week, one weekend) and 3 (one week, both weekend) days are constructed to further analyze these issues, selecting the seven-days diaries data as a benchmark. Comparative results show that two and three-days weighted surveys seem to be an adequate surrogate for the information obtained in weekly surveys that capture a basic work–leisure cycle.

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  • Jara-Díaz, Sergio & Rosales-Salas, Jorge, 2015. "Understanding time use: Daily or weekly data?," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 38-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:76:y:2015:i:c:p:38-57
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2014.07.009

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