Time Budgets And Time Use

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Executive Summary

Time use studies are sometimes loosely referred to as time budget studies (this term is more properly applied to calculations of simple activity totals from the diary's main activity field, analogous to the money budgets calculated from expenditure diaries). But increasingly important applications of time diaries involve the analysis of activity sequences, revealing phenomena such as the times of day that activities are undertaken, the consequentiality of successions of activity (e.g. shopping requiring travel which may be interrupted by childcare responsibilities) or co-presence (parents caring for children, couples taking leisure together).

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