DESIGN & OBJECTIVES
survey was designed to provide policy relevant data
on living conditions in Guatemala for use by the government
in designing a poverty alleviation strategy. A module
on time use was included to explore more fully issues
of labor behavior, how households make decisions on
regarding tradeoffs, and how government policies can
be developed regarding development of employment programs,
infrastructure needs, etc.
OF DATA COLLECTION
with all household members age 7 and older
Nicaragua household questionnaire is a multi-topic
questionnaire which included modules on housing, social
capital, languages spoken, health, education, migration,
economic activity, fertility, time use, household
enterprises, household expenditures, agricultural
activities, and credit/savings. The time use module
includes 22 specific activities, a question on "other"
activities, and requires that the total time sum to
24 hours. In addition, in several of the other modules
there is information collected on how long it takes
to travel to services (school, health facilities)
and how long people had to wait for services.
of simultaneous activities
module itself does not include questions about the
context in which the time is spent, however, information
from the other modules could be used with some of
the activities to provide contextual information.
was collected on: employment activities (paid work,
unpaid work, make clothes for family members, take
care of animals, repairs to house, commuting time);
education (class time); house work (cleaning, cooking,
washing, take out trash, collect water, collect fuel,
take care of children, purchases); pay for services;
other (personal care, leisure, community service,
eating, sleeping); and other. In addition, respondents
were asked which activities were done at the same
was collected about the day prior to the interview.
sample for the survey is nationally representative
and is representative at the urban/rural level. The
sample is also representative of the 5 main ethnic
groups in the country.
time use module was administered in 1/4 of the interviewed
households to all household members age 7 and older.