Tuesday, May 02, 2006

American Time Use Survey

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, commuting, and socializing. It is a relatively new survey from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, and there are changes from the 2003 to the 2004 questionnnaire, so there are not always comparable figures. Much of the data are in ZIP files, and frankly, I found it to be quite cumbersome.

Another source of this type of information can be found in this 2001 Harris poll, something you can actually read right away.

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