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

Published: Feb 16, 1992

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


Version V1

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.

Harvey, Andrew S. Time Budget Research:  An International Social Science Council (ISSC) Workbook in Comparative Analysis. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08542.v1

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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.

Multistage probability sample.

Population of adults aged 18 to 64 from four nations.

self-enumerated forms, and personal interviews

survey data, and event/transaction data




  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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