American Time Use Survey — Multi-Year Microdata Files

The ATUS multi-year microdata files combine several years of previously-released and publicly-available ATUS microdata. Because changes in time use occur relatively slowly over time, it is possible to combine multiple years of ATUS data; doing so facilitates more detailed analyses about how Americans spend their time.

About ATUS Data

About the Multi-Year ATUS Microdata Files

This page includes links to the 2003-2013 multi-year ATUS microdata files and supporting documentation. These multi-year files combine microdata from the 2003 to 2013 ATUS. Researchers can use these multi-year ATUS microdata files to produce their own time-use estimates or do other analyses. Each ZIP file contains a data file along with computer programs that will read the data file into SAS, SPSS, and Stata. The data files are in CSV-format (comma-separated values).

These files do not contain time-use estimates. Tables showing time-use estimates for major activity categories, selected detailed activities, and selected demographic and labor force characteristics are available on the ATUS Web site under the headings News Releases, Charts and Tables.

Differences Between the Multi-Year and Single-Year ATUS Microdata Files

While the multi-year files are similar in structure to the single-year files, there are several important differences, some, but not all, of which are mentioned here:

  1. Multi-year files are only available for the ATUS-CPS, ATUS Respondent, Roster, Who, Activity, Activity Summary, Eldercare Roster, and Replicate Weights files. They are not available for the Call History, Case History, and Trips files.
  2. The 2003-2013 multi-year ATUS-CPS file contains three variables that are allocation flags, but the single-year files contain many more. Please see the 2003-2013 ATUS-CPS Data Dictionary (PDF) for details.
  3. The 2003-2013 multi-year Respondent file contains two variables that are allocation flags, but the single-year files contain many more. Please see the ATUS 2003-2013 Interview Data Dictionary (PDF) for more details.
  4. The 2011-2013 Eldercare Roster file and the 2003-2013 Roster and Who multi-year files do not contain any allocation flags. Please see the ATUS 2003-2013 Interview Data Dictionary (PDF) for more details.
  5. Because Activity codes changed somewhat between 2003 and 2013, the Activity and Activity Summary files use activity codes that appear in the 2003-2013 ATUS Coding Lexicon (PDF).

There are other differences between the multi-year and single-year ATUS files. For more detailed information on these differences, please see the 2003-2013 ATUS-CPS Data Dictionary (PDF) and the ATUS 2003-2013 Interview Data Dictionary (PDF).

Basic ATUS Data

Multi-Year ATUS Data Dictionaries (PDF Files)

  • ATUS 2003-2013 Interview Data Dictionary Describes the Respondent, Roster, Activity, Who, and Eldercare Roster files, and includes names and descriptions of the variables appearing on these files. This dictionary should be used only with the multi-year microdata files.
  • ATUS-CPS 2003-2013 Data Dictionary Describes the ATUS-CPS file and includes names and descriptions of the variables appearing on the file. Variables on the ATUS-CPS file were collected 2 to 5 months before the ATUS interview. This dictionary should be used only with the multi-year ATUS-CPS microdata file.
  • Census Industry and Occupation codes

Multi-Year ATUS Activity Lexicons (PDF Files)

Multi-Year ATUS Data Files

ATUS Survey Documentation

 

Last Modified Date: July 9, 2015