IPUMS Time Use


These projects provide free individual-level time use data for research purposes. The data extract systems make it easy to create data sets containing time use and other variables a user needs. (Collection level DOI: 10.18128/C060)

  • ATUS is a nationally representative U.S. time diary survey for period since 2003.
  • AHTUS is a harmonized collection of time diary data from the U.S. for the period 1965 to the present.
  • MTUS is a collection of time diary data from several countries that are harmonized for compatibility across time and space.

IPUMS Time Use is a collaboration of the Minnesota Population Center at University of Minnesota, the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland, and the Centre for Time Use Research at the University of Oxford. Time Use data report daily activities for respondents, including what they were doing, where they were, and who was with them. In addition to time diaries, the surveys includes demographic, socioeconomic and household level information. Publications using IPUMS Time Use have analyzed fathers' time with children, men's involvement in household responsibilities, occupational crowding, marital status and mothers' time use, and health behaviors. For more information on papers published using IPUMS Time Use data, please see the IPUMS bibliography.

Principal Investigators and senior personnel:

  • Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland
  • Sarah Flood, University of Minnesota
  • Matthew Sobek, University of Minnesota
  • Kimberly Fisher, University of Oxford

Supported by:

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute for Child Health and Human Development
  • United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service
  • Stat/Transfer
  • Maryland Population Research Center
  • Centre for Time Use Research at the University of Oxford
  • University of Minnesota

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