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Transferring insights into commuter behavior dynamics from laboratory experiments to field surveys

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  • Mahmassani, Hani S.
  • Jou, Rong-Chang
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    The principal objective of this paper is to perform a comparative analysis and interpretation of commuter behavior revealed in field surveys and laboratory experiments. The experimental studies have provided valuable insights into complex human decision behavior, but they were primarily intended to develop the underlying theoretical constructs, and were based primarily on simulated traffic situations. The transferability of these insights to commuter behavior in real traffic systems has not been sufficiently established, and remains to be accomplished as the next logical step towards the operational use of such models of commuter behavior. Thus, in this paper, comparisons between the field survey results and the experiments involving real commuters in a simulated traffic system are performed to confirm and better interpret the models and the conclusions resulting from such experiments. Such informal tests of external validity are very important from a methodological standpoint as laboratory and stated preference experiments continue to play an increasingly important role in travel behavior research, especially in connection with the introduction of new technologies.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 4 (May)
    Pages: 243-260

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    1. Sunitiyoso, Yos & Avineri, Erel & Chatterjee, Kiron, 2011. "The effect of social interactions on travel behaviour: An exploratory study using a laboratory experiment," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 45(4), pages 332-344, May.
    2. Kene Boun My & Laurent Denant-Boèmont & Frédéric Koessler & Marc Willinger & Anthony Ziegelmeyer, 2006. "Road Traffic Congestion and Public Information: An Experimental Investigation," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2006-20, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.
    3. Xuan Di & Henry X. Liu & Shanjiang Zhu & David Levinson, 2014. "Indifference Bands for Route Switching," Working Papers 000123, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
    4. Guohui Zhang & Zhong Wang & Khali Persad & C. Walton, 2014. "Enhanced traffic information dissemination to facilitate toll road utilization: a nested logit model of a stated preference survey in Texas," Transportation, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 231-249, March.
    5. André De palma & Cédric Fontan & Asad J. Khattak, 2004. "Analyzing work departure time variability in Brussels," Reflets et perspectives de la vie économique, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(4), pages 89-110.
    6. A. de Palma & F. Marchal, 2000. "Dynamic traffic analysis with static data: some guidelines with an application to Paris," THEMA Working Papers 2000-55, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

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