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August 1994

The overestimated workweek? What time diary measures suggest

John P. Robinson, Ann Bostrom

The comprehensive time-diary method allows analysts to distinguish work from nonwork activities; a comparison with workweek estimates reveals important and systematic differences. This article describes problems that arise for respondents who are surveyed using the workweek estimate approach and comparable figures from the total time-diary approach to calculate hours of work.

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