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Time Budget Research: An International Social Science Council (ISSC) Workbook in Comparative Analysis (ICPSR 8542)

Principal Investigator(s): Harvey, Andrew S., et al.


This data collection and its corresponding workbook were designed as an instructional tool to familiarize students with the method of time budget research and to provide an opportunity to conduct analysis with the time budget data on a cross-national basis. The workbook contains exercises to facilitate analyses of the data, and serves as a guide for selecting techniques and measures to be employed in such analyses. The data allow students to examine topics such as the weekend/weekday concept, the status of women, and the family as a unit. Variables in the dataset include duration of time spent on daily activities, the location of the activity, a record of persons accompanying the respondent, and demographic information about the respondent and his or her household. There are two data files in this set, the Multi-national and Halifax subsets. The Multi-national subset contains time usage data collected from respondents in the following cities and nations: in Hungary - Gyor, in France - Arras, Besancon, Chalon-sur-Saone, Dunkerque, Epinal, and Metz, in the United States - Jackson, Michigan, in Canada - Halifax. The Halifax subset contains time budget data from the Halifax-Dartmouth region in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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DS1:  Multi-National Data - Download All Files (5.424 MB)
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DS2:  Halifax Sample - Download All Files (2.751 MB)
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Study Description


Harvey, Andrew S., et al. TIME BUDGET RESEARCH: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS. Cologne, W. Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung [producer], 198?. Cologne, W. Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, and Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 198?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08542.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08542.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    commuting (travel), families, instruction, instructional materials, leisure, mass media, recreation, research models, research, statistics, study habits, telephones, television, time utilization, travel, women

Geographic Coverage:    Canada, France, Hungary, United States, Global

Universe:    Population of adults aged 18 to 64 from four nations.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

The Multi-national subset was built from an original data collection produced by the Multi-national Comparative Time Budget Research Project encompassing data from a dozen nations. There is also a separate Halifax subsample file. Included are data derived from "diary founded" interviews. These are personal interviews with questions based on the daily time logs kept by respondents. The workbook was developed and tested under the auspices of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and by UNESCO. Texts and data are made available as a joint venture of ICPSR, the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (Bergen), the Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University (Halifax), and the Zentralarchiv fur empirische Sozialforschung der Universitat zu Koln (Cologne). Instructional data and workbooks examining other areas of comparative research in the social sciences have been sponsored by the ISSC and UNESCO. These include: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8350), SOCIAL MOBILITY, [1973-1976]: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8682), and CENTRE-PERIPHERY STRUCTURES IN EUROPE, [1880-1978]: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 7571). Copies of these codebooks may be ordered directly from the publisher: Campus Verlag, Myliusstrasse 15, 6000 Frankfurt 1, Federal Republic of Germany.


Sample:    Multistage probability sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-08-18

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