HOUSE LIFECYCLE: PREDICTOR OF TRAVEL EXPENDITURE

The analysis of travel behavior of adult individuals from nuclear-family households has shown that very few aspects of travel patterns remained unchanged over time. The changes in the two metropolitan areas studied can be partially explained by the changes in behavior of women with respect to driving, working, and bearing fewer children, that have occurred in western industrialized societies over the past 20 years. Comparison of the changes also indicated that the economic state of the area has an impact on trip making. Although the fluctuations in the economic environment are not easy to predict, a measure of economic prosperity should at least be carried along in any cross-sectional travel data collected for use in forecasting. The gender differences in trip rates appear to be declining, especially in the case of employed women. Yet, the travel patterns of women still show a very different picture in the lifecycle stages with small children. The lifecycle stage significantly affects every aspect of travel behavior examined in this paper.

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 343-362

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  • Accession Number: 00789632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9067640603
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2000 12:00AM