Data and Measurement Issues in Transportation, with Telecommuting as a Case Study

The authors of this study suggest that there is much uncertainty about the number of people who telecommute as well as the frequency of telecommuting. Further, they report that it is not likely that consensus can be reached even on the “best” definition of telecommuting due to its multifaceted nature. The authors evaluate estimates about telecommuting in the U.S. from the U.S. Census, the American Housing Survey, supplements to the Current Population Survey, and a series of market research surveys. Definitions, measurement instruments, sampling, and sometimes vested interests affect the quality and usability of objective data. The authors believe that the imperfect evidence that is available suggests that telecommuting is an important enough trend to justify the cost and effort to collect reliable data about it on an annual basis.


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  • Accession Number: 01155765
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-04-29
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 2010 4:46PM