be able to better identify market and nonmarket activities. Publication tables will include information on activities performed as a sole activity and those done in conjunction with other activities.
In addition to the time-use component of the survey, several summary questions will be asked. The current questions in review ask respondents about passive care of children (“looking after” children), care of dependent adults, and extended absences during the previous month.
Other data on respondents will also be collected, including updated (from the CPS) household composition information, updated total family income (categories), the respondent’s labor force status, the labor force status of his or her spouse or partner, updated earnings information for the respondent, and school enrollment. The current plan is to develop a public-use database to be made available for the research community (meeting confidentiality restrictions).
The average length of the interview is projected to be about 25-30 minutes. Completing the diaries is expected to take about 22 minutes of the total. This estimate is based on the pilot test results for the time-use component and on experience with the length of the CPS interview.
Because the sample members for the proposed time-use survey are also CPS sample members, the new data could be linked to the various CPS supplements. The BLS working group also considered several topical modules that could be attached to the time-use survey, such as tool use, child care, elder or adult care, working hours, division of labor within the household, household production, volunteer activities, subjective assessments of activities, and subjective questions about the experience of time.