ACID TEST OF THE TRADE-OFF METHOD OF ATTITUDE MEASUREMENT

Results of a comparison of behavior predicted by a trade-off model with observed behavior under a radical change in the work environment of the employees of the New York State Department of Transportation are reported. The change, a shift from a fixed workday to a set of five alternative work schedules among which employees could choose, is analyzed. Before-and-after surveys conducted in 1977 and 1979 to test the model showed that the observed shifts by employees were within the predicted range for potential shifts. A comparison of the utilities calculated from the 1977 sample and those from the 1979 sample was inconclusive, but no major shift seems to have occurred. Although respondents in the 1977 survey rated the benefits of the alternative work-hour program higher than did those in the 1979 survey, more respondents in the 1979 survey actually prefer alternative work hours to the old fixed schedule. (Author)

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 22-26
  • Monograph Title: Consumer perspectives in travel choice and interactive travel data collection
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  • Accession Number: 00331247
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031087
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM