Session Details

IPUMS Time Use Data for Studying Health & Well-Being
(Event: PAA 2019 Annual Meeting)

Apr 10, 2019 8:00am - Apr 10, 2019 12:00pm
Session Type: Workshop


Increase your awareness of and expertise in the IPUMS Time Use data archive by attending the IPUMS Time Use Data for Studying Health & Well-being Workshop.  The emphasis of the workshop will be using the three databases that make up the IPUMS Time Use data archive to investigate health and well-being.  During this workshop, you will receive:

  • Overview of IPUMS Time Use. Provide concise overview of the three data archives available through IPUMS Time Use: the American Time Use Survey (ATUS-X), the American Heritage Time Use Study (AHTUS-X), and the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS-X). The workshop will provide users with a decision tree that will help them determine if current U.S. data only, historical U.S. data, or non-U.S. data from multiple countries is are most appropriate for their research interests.
  • Overview of available data.  IPUMS Time Use offers access to rich data on the type and context of daily activities, well-being, life satisfaction, self-rated health, health behavior measures, and sociodemographic data on respondents and household members. Highlights from research examining how health and well-being vary within and across countries by work and family roles, race-ethnicity, nativity, education, and life stage will be presented to convey the breadth of topics and analytic approaches appropriate for IPUMS Time Use analyses.
  • Demonstrate the IPUMS Time Use data extraction system through guided tour. The IPUMS Time Use project facilitates user access to data from respondent, household, and time diary activity files and simplifies the production of a data file suitable for analysis. It allows researchers to select study populations; to create measures of time in user-defined activity aggregations, broken out by time of day, by location, by whether the respondent was engaged in caring for children or adults during the activity or was engaged in eating or drinking during the activity, and by the presence or absence of specified others; and to request customized data files in in a variety of formats. Free, downloadable datasets come ready for use in SAS, SPSS, Stata, and R along with variable and value labels for ease of use. IPUMS Time Use also provides researchers with accessible and comprehensive online documentation. The workshop will provide an overview of the web-based data access and documentation system and a hands-on demonstration of the IPUMS Time Use data extraction system.
  • Hands-on analysis of IPUMS Time Use data. Workshop participants will be guided through several hands-on exercises to introduce them to using the IPUMS Time Use data extraction system, linking respondent and household data, and creating custom time use measures. Workshop participants will be given links to training exercises and resources available from IPUMS Time Use.


Liana Sayer is Professor of Sociology, Faculty Affiliate of the Maryland Population Research center, and Director, Maryland Time Use Laboratory, at the University of Maryland.  Sayer’s research examines how women’s and men’s paid work, household and care work, and leisure time vary over time, place, and generation, and how these patterns are linked with changes in family, workplaces, policies, and values. With comparative analyses of time diary data that provide detailed accounts of people’s daily activities and social engagement, Sayer documents how time use is a key pathway of reinforcing and reconfiguring gender, race and SES inequality. Sayer’s work has been published in numerous journals, including Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, European Sociological Review, Social Forces, and American Journal of Sociology.

Sarah Flood is the Director of US Surveys at the IPUMS Center for Data Integration at the University of Minnesota. She is Co-Principal on the NICHD-funded effort to broaden access to and simplify use of time diary data for the study of health and well-being. She has conducted numerous workshops and given dozens of presentations on using time diary data for demographic research. In addition to building and maintaining population data infrastructure, Flood is a social demographer whose research at the intersections of work, family, time use, and well-being across the life course has appeared in Demography, American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and The Journals of Gerontology.