Time Use Surveys
The collection of information on the ways that individuals use their time in work, study, leisure and home-related activities is more or less routine today. This information is currently collected in national censuses, and in special surveys. It is collected by official data collection agencies and by individual researchers. The information is valuable for the study of many issues, ranging from understanding household decision-making to valuing national output. This chapter serves as a primer on the collection and use of these data. Section 2.2 reviews the ways that time use data can be collected, while section 2.3 presents a brief history of actual data collections. Section 2.4 turns to an overview of the ways time use data can be used in research. This overview has a focus on the approaches that will be used in subsequent chapters.
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