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Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

Concepts and Measurement in the American Time Use Survey

Chapter:
(p.73) 3 Where Does the Time Go?
Source:
Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services
Author(s):
Harley FrazisJay Stewart
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226044507.003.0004

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the first time use survey conducted by the U.S. government. It is the only ongoing time use survey, and with the release of the 2004 data, its sample size exceeds that of any other time use survey. This chapter describes the ATUS, reviews some of the uses of time use data, and discusses how specific features of the ATUS affect two key applications—valuing household work and estimating hours worked for pay.

Keywords:   time use survey, time use data, valuation, household work, working hours

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