Car ownership as a mediating variable in car travel behaviour research using a structural equation modelling approach to identify its dual relationship

Car ownership is generally considered an important variable in car travel behavior research, but its specific role is often not well understood. Certain empirical studies consider car ownership as the dependent variable explained by the built environment, whereas other studies deem it to be one of the independent variables explaining car travel behavior. This paper takes note of the dual influence car ownership has in explaining car travel behavior by assuming that car ownership mediates the relationship between the built environment and car use. The relationship is estimated using a structural equation model since it accounts for mediating variables. This approach confirms the intermediary nature of car ownership.


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  • Accession Number: 01148008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 28 2009 1:12PM