Social Indicators Research

, Volume 135, Issue 1, pp 117–142 | Cite as

Daily Temporal Pathways: A Latent Class Approach to Time Diary Data

  • Sarah M. FloodEmail author
  • Rachelle Hill
  • Katie R. Genadek


Research on daily time and how it is allocated has generally considered the time spent in specific activities. However, social theory suggests that time use is socially patterned whether by social organization, heterogeneity, and/or stratification. Drawing on four broad types of time (contracted, committed, necessary, and free), we use Multinomial Logit Latent Class Analysis to discuss eight daily temporal pathways and associations with individual characteristics. Our analysis highlights the variations and similarities across pathways, the impact of paid work in structuring daily life, the social patterning of sleep and leisure, and socio-demographic profiles of the pathways of working-age Americans.


Daily life Latent class analysis Pathways Time use 



Funding was provided by National Institutes of Health (Grant No. R01HD053654).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah M. Flood
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rachelle Hill
    • 2
  • Katie R. Genadek
    • 1
  1. 1.Minnesota Population CenterUniversity of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Minnesota Federal Statistical Research Data CenterU.S. Census BureauMinneapolisUSA

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