Ten-year Changes in Time Use of Workers’ Daily Activities in Beijing and Its Influential Factors

Authors: Yibo Duanmu*, Peking University, Yanwei Chai, Peking University
Topics: China
Keywords: Changes, Space-time Behavior, Time use, Beijing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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With the rapid development of China, urban spatial expansion and the rise of suburban center brings about great changes in residents’ daily life. The time use research, served as a unique perspective for understanding the time distribution of human activities, has played a significant role in understand the social transition of Chinese cities. This paper explores changes in time use, activity space and travel behavior of workers living in Beijing in the past 10 years. The datasets are based on the data from two activity–travel diary surveys conducted in Beijing in 2007 and 2017.The dataset finally comprise data with one-day activity-travel dairy from 809 individuals in 2007 and 538 individuals in 2017. Descriptive statistics, Geographic Information System (GIS) and multiple regression analysis are used to analyze the time use change and its influential factors. Firstly, the results show that time allocation has changed in the past 10 years; workers in 2017 spend relatively long time on individual activities and traveling, while the time spent on work, housework, leisure and shopping has significantly decreased. Secondly, the changes of time use patterns varies among people with different demographic backgrounds, for example, the differences in time duration of work between men and women decreases, and the difference in frequency of personal care between young people and the elderly increased. Finally, the differences of time use characters are influenced by the socioeconomic attributes and residential locations.

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