Nonresponse in the American Time Use Survey: Who is Missing from the Data and How Much Does It Matter?
Katharine G. Abraham, A. Maitland, and S. Bianchi ,
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Public Opinion Quarterly

This article examines nonresponse in a large government survey, the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which interviews persons in households previously interviewed in the Current Population Survey. The response rate for the ATUS has been below 60 percent for the first two years of its existence, raising questions about whether the results can be generalized to the target population. The article begins with an analysis of the types of nonresponse encountered in the ATUS. Noncontact accounts for roughly 60 percent of ATUS nonresponse, with refusals accounting for roughly 40 percent.

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