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February 2002, Vol. 125, No. 2
The American Time Use Survey: cognitive pretestingLisa K. Schwartz
In the early 1990s, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, the Bureau) began exploring the feasibility of conducting a new survey to measure how Americans spend their time. The primary purposes of the survey were (and still are) to improve estimates of time spent in nonmarket activities (for example, child care) and in market-related work and to provide data on a variety of quality-of-life indices beyond income and earnings. In 1998, a BLS working group developed specifications for the American Time Use Survey and began pretesting the questionnaire through a series of cognitive studies that investigated how respondents understood and interpreted the survey’s concepts and questions. Today, the Bureau continues developing and testing the survey, with full production scheduled for calendar year 2003.
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