American Time Use Survey — 2008 Microdata Files

This page includes links to the 2008 ATUS microdata files and supporting documentation. Researchers can use the 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).

The microdata 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.

About ATUS Data

Basic ATUS Data

2008 Basic ATUS Data Dictionaries (PDF Files)

2008 Basic ATUS Data Files

  • ATUS 2008 Respondent file (zip) (1.0 MB) The Respondent file contains information about ATUS respondents, including their labor force status and earnings.
  • ATUS 2008 Roster file (zip) (0.2 MB) The Roster file contains information about household members and nonhousehold children (under 18) of ATUS respondents. It includes information such as age and sex.
  • ATUS 2008 Activity file (zip) (4.1 MB) The Activity file contains information about how ATUS respondents spent their diary day. It includes information such as activity codes, activity start and stop times, and locations.
  • ATUS 2008 Activity summary file (zip) (0.8 MB) The Activity summary file contains information about the total time each ATUS respondent spent doing each activity on the diary day.
  • ATUS 2008 Who file (zip) (1.0 MB) The Who file includes codes that indicate who was present during each activity.
  • ATUS-CPS 2008 file (zip) (6.2 MB) The ATUS-CPS file contains information about each household member of all individuals selected to participate in ATUS. The information on the ATUS-CPS file was collected 2 to 5 months before the ATUS interview.

Additional ATUS Data

2008 Additional ATUS Data Dictionaries (PDF Files)

2008 Additional ATUS Data Files

2008 Survey Documentation

 

Last Modified Date: January 24, 2014