This article explores a number of facets of a household's evaluation of future stress situations and the socioeconomic and locational constraints that may be involved in this evaluation process. Although the threshold gasoline prices indicated by households may be prone to error, the relationships between these categories and both the household's attributes and voluntary coping strategies, are quite understandable and do have the following policy implications: First, the majority of the households do not believe that present gasoline price (below 60 cents) are excessively high. Second, as gasoline prices increase, income and associated household attributes (as described in this article) should provide sufficient information for identifying and helping households in the critical subpopulation group. Third, households do, in crisis periods, initiate their own individual strategies designed to ameliorate the stress situation. Logically, this may suggest that if gasoline prices were increased considerably, wide-spread household conservation would result. Of course, as the price of gasoline increases, the lower income families suffer more. Equity considerations, however, may not allow a market-place policy to be carried to its logical conclusion. Hence, any future fuel policy must consider ways for helping the most seriously affected subpopulations. /Author/

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 605-624
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 31
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM