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Sampling and Reporting in Time Use Surveys

Edwin L. Robison


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is planning a Time Use Survey to obtain data from adults on the duration of their activities in a 24-hour period. Many variables potentially affect the way people use their time. For example, individuals may allocate their time differently based on gender, age, income, and presence of children. The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a nationally representative sample rich in variables of this type, and can be used as a base from which to select a subsample for a Time Use Survey. To limit burden, no more than one adult in a household will be included in the Time Use Survey.