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ELOC
Location or mode of transport

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Description

ELOC reports the location where the activity was performed.

Some of the locations can be inferred and are reflected in the data. For example, if there is no code for school, but the activity is formal schooling and the location is away from home, it is reasonable to infer that the location is school. Similarly, if the activity is attend religious service and the location is other not at home, this location reasonably can be inferred to be at a place of worship.

ELOC is only available if you select a hierarchical extract. If you request a hierarchical extract and plan to construct time use variables in your statistics package, this variable may be useful to you. Alternatively, you may use construct a time use variable as part of this system.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Hungary
Netherlands
Spain
United States

Comparability

ELOC is constructed differently across samples.

Comparability — Hungary [top]

For Hungary 2009, there are certain cases where ELOC and MTRAV will contradict each other. In these cases where ELOC indicates that the respondent is traveling, but MTRAV indicates that they are not traveling, it is because MTUS codes cannot adequately express the specificity of location present in the source data. Specifically, in these cases, the location is a place of travel (train station, bus stop, street) but the person is not actually travelling.

Comparability — Netherlands [top]

The information on the location of activities is restricted to three values: "Own home", "Not at home, but in the same city" and "Not at home, in another city". After exhausting the potential of original location codes, we use information embedded in the activity codes, such as whether the activity was a mode of transport, playing indoors with children, odd jobs outdoors to code ELOC.

Comparability — Spain [top]

For Spain 2002, workplace and school/university are coded in the same category in the original data. We use main activities and sequences to distinguish between both locations.

Comparability — United States [top]

In the ATUS (2003 forward), original locations are usually privileged over activities performed; the exceptions include imputed travel (MAIN) and travel activities, both of which are coded as travel. This may lead to inconsistencies with INOUT in the case of travel activities, which are not always assigned travel locations.

Universe

  • All persons.

Availability

  • Austria: 1992
  • Bulgaria: 2001
  • Canada: 2005, 2010
  • Finland: 1979, 2009
  • France: 1985, 1998, 2009
  • Hungary: 1999, 2009
  • Israel: 1991
  • Italy: 2002
  • Netherlands: 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
  • South Africa: 2000
  • Spain: 2002, 2009
  • United Kingdom: 1974, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2014
  • United States: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003-2012