Representative Time Use Data and Calibration of the American Time Use Studies 1965-1999

FFB Discussion Paper No. 54

119 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2008

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Joachim Merz

Research Institute on Professions; Leuphana University of Lueneburg; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Henning Stolze

Research Institute on Professions / Leuphana University

Date Written: January 1, 2006

Abstract

Valid and reliable individual time use data in connection with an appriate set of socio -economic background variables are essential elements of an empirical foundation and evaluation of existing time use theories and for the search of new empirical-based hypotheses about individual behavior. Within the Yale project of Assessing American Heritage Time Use Studies (1965, 1975, 19895, 1992-94 and 1998/99), supported by the Glaser Foundation, and working with these time use studies, it is necessary to be sure about comparable representative data. As it will become evident, there is a serious bias in all of these files concerning demographic characteristics, characteristics which are important for substantive time use research analyses. Our study and new calibration solution will circumvent these biases by delivering a comprehensive demographic adjustment for all incorporated U.S. time use surveys, which is theoretically funded (here by information theory and the minimum information loss principle with its ADJUST program package), is consistent by a simultaneous weighting including hierarchical data, considers substantial requirements for time use research analyses and is similar and thus comparable in the demographic adjustment characteristics for all U.S. time use files to support substantial analyses and allows to disentangle demographic vs. time use behavioral changes and developments.

Keywords: time use, calibration (adjustment re-weighting) of microdata, information theory, minimum information loss principle, American Heritage Time Use Studies, ADJUST program package

JEL Classification: J22, J29, J11, Z0

Suggested Citation

Merz, Joachim and Stolze, Henning, Representative Time Use Data and Calibration of the American Time Use Studies 1965-1999 (January 1, 2006). FFB Discussion Paper No. 54, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1313631

Joachim Merz (Contact Author)

Research Institute on Professions ( email )

Lüneburg
Germany

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

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Lüneburg, 21314
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
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Henning Stolze

Research Institute on Professions / Leuphana University ( email )

Lüneburg
Germany

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