American Heritage Time Use Study

The American Heritage Time Use Study, a database of national time-diary samples collected over six decades, includes harmonised background, activity, location, mode of transport and who else was present variables. The AHTUS is suitable for a wide range of investigative purposes. As these data are freely available to the research community, we ask the help of users to make programmes and publications developed using this data available to other users. Kindly email such material to the AHTUS Team. The initial development of this project allowing release 1 in May 2006 was conducted under an agreement with Yale University (Program on Non-Market Accounts), and was sponsored by the Glaser Progress Foundation. Some amendments to this dataset made from December 2005 through December 2011 were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. From January 2012 through December 2015, further additions and upgrades to the AHTUS have been funded by a combination of grants provided by the Economic and Social Research Council and the US National Institutes of Health. In July 2013, we:

  • Released the 2012 American Time Use Study data
  • Amended errors in the recording of secondary eating in the 2006-2008 American Time Use Study data
  • Released the 1998-2001 Family Interaction, Social Capital, and Trends in Time Use Study (FISCT) and National Survey of Parents (NSP) data

In August 2012, we:

  • corrected minor errors in the 2007 and 2008 datasets,
  • released the 2011 ATUS data

In future, you will be able to find emotions and affect supplements on the MTUS supplements page. We also plan to add the 2006 PATS data to the AHTUS at a future point and USDA diaries collected in the 1920s to 1930s.