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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?

  • Harley Frazis

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Jay Stewart

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    (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its series Working Papers with number 442.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec100100
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