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Chih Yun Hung

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Econ 191 Description of Data

Research questions

Do highly educated mothers spend more time on child care and why?

A brief summary of the main idea and hypotheses

A description of data

I use the data named “The American Time Use Survey” (ATUS) conducted by the
U.S Census Bureau in 2017. It’s a nationally-representative survey of individuals
over age 15 who are chosen from households who finished the Current Population
Survey (CPS) recently. RRespondents are interviewed on a fixed day of the week
and cross-section data. The contents of the interview include information about
household composition, employment status, allocation of 24-hour time about
“yesterday” and so on. However, some questions are not re-asked in the ATUS
interview, such as educational attainment which is very important for my research
paper. I use ATUS-CPS file to supplement the ATUS dataset by matching each
ATUS case identification number. The variables I included in my dataset are from
three files: ATUS 2017 Respondent file (10,223 observations and 175 variables

), ATUS 2017 Activity Summary file (10,223 observations and 421 variables

) and ATUS-CPS 2017 file (65,971 observations and 382 variables). I narrow down
my dataset to female, working full time, have at least one child who is under 18 and
choose some variables as controls. My dataset includes 1,003 individuals and 46
variables (including some variables that might be used). The outcome variable is the
total time spent on childcare for own household “trtohh” (units: minutes). The
independent variable is educational attainment, ……
Chih Yun Hung

3034427114

Econ 191 Description of Data

 Description of units of observations (e.g. states, countries, counties, individuals,


firms…);
 Main variables of interest (outcome variable(s), independent variable(s) and control
variables)

A description of the empirical strategy

 Equation(s) to be estimated (with correct indices and explanation of all variables);


 Description of methodology (e.g. OLS, IV, Diff-in-Diff, Event Study,…);
 Robustness checks you expect to do and possible extensions

Summary statistics table


Chih Yun Hung

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Econ 191 Description of Data

the number of observations, mean, median, minimum, and maximum for each variable

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