Time UseGPI Technical Report

Publication - Sept. 1, 2001 - By Amy Taylor, Mark Anielski

This is one of 28 reports that provide the background for the Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) System of Sustainable Well-being Accounts. It explains how we derived the various time use indices that were earlier published in Sustainability Trends 2000: The Genuine Progress Statement for Alberta, 1961 to 1999. The research for this report was completed early in 2001.

In this report we explore the amount of time Albertans dedicate to paid work, unpaid work and free time. We dissect trends in time use from 1961 to 1999 noting changes over time and differences between the sexes and life stages of individuals in Alberta. The report answers the following questions:

  • How much time are Albertans devoting to paid work, unpaid work and free time?
  • How has the time devoted to these activities varied over the study period?
  • How does the time devoted to these activities vary by sex and life stages of Albertans?
  • What is the economic value/cost of the individual time use components? And how does that compare to the value of the Gross Domestic Product?
Tags:  Alberta, Economy


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