COVID – 19: Modeling Out-Of-Home and In-home Activity Participation during the Pandemic

Understanding the interaction between in-home/out-of-home activity participation decision is important, particularly at a time when opportunities for out-of-home activities such as shopping, entertainment etc. are limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The travel restriction imposed due to the pandemic has made a massive impact on the out-of-home activities, consequently changing the in-home activities as well. This study investigates the in-home and out-of-home activity participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data comes from the COVID – 19 Survey for assessing Travel impact (COST). This study utilizes data for the Kelowna region of British Columbia, Canada to develop the following two models: a random parameter multinomial logit (RPMNL) model for out-of-home activity participation and, a hazard-based random parameter duration (HRPD) model for in-home activity participation. The model results suggest that significant interactions exist between out-of-home and in-home activities. For example, higher frequency of out-of-home work travel is more likely to result in longer duration of in-home work activities. Similarly, longer duration of in-home leisure activities might yield a lower likelihood of recreational travel. Health care workers are more likely to engage in work-related travel and less likely to participate in personal and household maintenance activities at home. The model confirms heterogeneity among the individuals. For instance, longer duration of in-home online shopping yields a higher probability for participation in out-of-home shopping activity. This variable shows significant heterogeneity with a large standard deviation, which reveals that sizable variation exist for this variable.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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  • Accession Number: 01764352
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-04372
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:27AM