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Time-Use Surveys

Improving Measurement of Paid & Unpaid WORK

TUS Resources > by country > New Zealand

Title of survey:1998/1999

Organization: Statistics New Zealand, Ministry of Women's Affairs
Contact information:Statistics New Zealand

SURVEY DESIGN & OBJECTIVES

- Independent survey

- to determine how people aged 12 years and over allocate their time to various activities
- to determine whether significant differences in time use exist between different population groups
- to provide data to significantly improve national accounts estimates of the contribution to GDP of the domestic services of households industry and the employment contribution to GDP in the NPISHs

METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION

Self-completed 48-hour diary; interview for context variables

SURVEY INSTRUMENTS
Description

48-hour time diary, set out in 5 minute intervals, to record activities and context variables; household questionnaire; individual questionnaire

Recording of simultaneous activities

All simultaneous activities are recorded in a separate column in the diary

Context variables

Location and mode of travel; for whom; paid/unpaid

ACTIVITY CLASSIFICATION

4-digit classification: 11 2-digit major groups; 67 3-digit subgroups

TIME SAMPLE

Sample PSUs were allocated evenly across the 12 months of the survey period in a way that minimised the influence of seasonal effects on time use estimates. The sample was also balanced across weeks in quarters and days in a week.

REFERENCE POPULATION
Description

National (people living on offshore islands (except Waiheke Island) excluded); Maori/non-Maori; household population
Household members aged 12 years and over

Sample selection

7,200 households sample households were selected from the 752 Household Economic Survey (HES) Primary Sampling Units (PSUs). An additional 150 screening PSUs were selected to ensure that the sample had sufficient Mäori.
Maximum of two eligible respondents per sample household yielded 8,535 diaries. Overall response rate of 72 percent.

SOURCES

  • Information about the time-use survey (Web page)

 

 


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