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.
This page includes links to the 2003-2018 multi-year ATUS microdata files and supporting documentation. These multi-year files combine microdata from the 2003 to 2018 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. Time-use estimates for various activities and selected demographic and labor force characteristics are available on the ATUS Web site under the headings News Releases, ATUS Database, Charts and Tables.
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:
There are other differences between the multi-year and single-year ATUS files. For more detailed information on these differences, please see the 2003-2018 ATUS-CPS Data Dictionary (PDF) and the ATUS 2003-2018 Interview Data Dictionary (PDF).
Last Modified Date: June 19, 2019