It’s Time to “Do Economics” with Time-Use Data
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Time-use data are old and familiar in survey research, with the first rudimentary efforts going back nearly a century; and large-scale regularly collected data sets have been available in other countries (e.g., Germany, France) since 1965. It is only with the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) since 2003, however, that the US has moved from the derrière to the avant garde of data quality and quantity in the area of time-use surveys. With a large fraction of the economics profession resident in the US, and with American scholarly economics journals being the most prestigious outlets for economists worldwide, the advent of these data and the wider availability of similar, albeit smaller and/or irregular time-use surveys from other countries present economists with exciting opportunities.
The difficulty with these data sets is that they offer us the temptation of the quick tabulation and the simple regression on items that economists have not previously discussed: It is very easy to present...
KeywordsHousehold Production Market Work Time Diary Labor Supply Decision Retirement Behavior
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