Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 1211–1224

Calibrating Time-Use Estimates for the British Household Panel Survey

  • Cristina Borra
  • Almudena Sevilla
  • Jonathan Gershuny

DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0198-2

Cite this article as:
Borra, C., Sevilla, A. & Gershuny, J. Soc Indic Res (2013) 114: 1211. doi:10.1007/s11205-012-0198-2


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 matchingPropensity scoreMahalanobis distanceChildcare time

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Borra
    • 1
  • Almudena Sevilla
    • 2
  • Jonathan Gershuny
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Ec. HistoryUniverstity of SevilleSevillaSpain
  2. 2.School of Business and Management, Queen MaryUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Deparment of Sociology, Centre for Time-Use ResearchUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK