Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 1211-1224

Calibrating Time-Use Estimates for the British Household Panel Survey

  • Cristina BorraAffiliated withDepartment of Economics and Ec. History, Universtity of Seville Email author 
  • , Almudena SevillaAffiliated withSchool of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London
  • , Jonathan GershunyAffiliated withDeparment of Sociology, Centre for Time-Use Research, University of Oxford

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This paper proposes an innovative statistical matching method to combine the advantages of large national surveys and time diary data. We use data from two UK datasets that share stylised time-use information, crucial for the matching process. In particular, time-diary information of an individual from the Home On-line Study, our donor data set, is imputed to a similar individual from the British Household Panel Survey, our recipient dataset. Propensity score methods are used in conjunction with Mahalanobis matching to increase matching quality.


Statistical matching Propensity score Mahalanobis distance Childcare time