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Introduction to quantitative time-diary analysis

This short course aims to introduce participants to time diary analysis, a multidisciplinary field which has made a sustained contribution to social science over the last 50 years. It is targeted at academics, doctoral students, post-doctoral as well as public or private sector researchers interested in studying the way people spend their time throughout the day.  It requires basic to intermediate prior knowledge of statistics and basic experience with statistical programming.

Course structure

The course will take place on 22nd and 29th of July, from 2:00pm until 5:00pm, and each afternoon will consist of 2-3 sessions, with a presentation followed by a computer demonstration and questions and answers.

Participants are invited to follow and replicate on their own computer the code demonstrated during the session.

The course covers:

  • Historical outline of time-diaries and time use research
  • Activities nomenclatures, survey designs & time diary dataset structure
  • Deriving duration and participation in activities from long and wide datasets
  • Multivariate analysis of aggregate time diary data
  • Weekly work schedules and working time
  • Weighting and accounting for clustering in time diary data

Further details and how to register