Social Indicators Research

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 1211–1224 | Cite as

Calibrating Time-Use Estimates for the British Household Panel Survey

  • Cristina Borra
  • Almudena Sevilla
  • Jonathan Gershuny


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 



This paper has benefited from comments provided by Man Yee Kan, David Berrigan, and Oriel Sullivan. Any remaining errors are our own. This paper was partly prepared while Dr. Borra was an Academic Visitor in the Centre for Time Use Research at the University of Oxford (summer 2009, autumn 2010). The authors would like to express their thanks for the financial support provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Project ECO2008-01297 and Movility Grant “José Castillejo” Convocatoria 2010), by the Andalusian Government (Convocatoria IAC 2009 2), and by the Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Number RES-060-25-0037).


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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

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