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Methodological Issues in the Estimation of the Travel, Energy, and Air Quality Impacts of Telecommuting

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  • Mokhtarian, Patricia
  • Handy, Susan
  • Salomon, Ilan

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This paper addresses methodological issues in the estimation of travel-related impacts of telecommuting, based on findings from eight telecommuting pilot programs. Several of the studies address energy use (both travel-related and home-based) and one provides information on emissions of air pollutants. These findings are analyzed as well. Travel impacts examined include weekday person- and vehicle-miles saved due to a reduction in commuting, overall weekday travel reductions, and other changes in travel patterns for the telecommuter and the household. Some important issues regarding the estimation of these impacts, their use outside of the pilot programs, and their use in estimating energy savings or reductions in emissions are discussed. In particular, it is cautioned that early, short-term findings from small programs with participants unrepresentative of the population as a whole may change considerably as telecommuting moves into the mainstream.

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Paper provided by Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis in its series Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series with number qt44n3k2jp.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 1995
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:itsdav:qt44n3k2jp

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Keywords: telecommuting; air quality; travel; energy;

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  1. Kitamura, Ryuichi, 1990. "Panel Analysis in Transportation Planning: An Overview," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt86v0f7zh, University of California Transportation Center.
  2. Mokhtarian, Patricia L. & Salomon, Ilan, 1993. "Modeling the Choice of Telecommuting: Setting the Context," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt0js2m5s7, University of California Transportation Center.
  3. Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 1991. "Telecommuting and Travel: State of the Practice, State of the Art," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt4zc486ph, University of California Transportation Center.
  4. Sampath, Srikanth & Saxena, Somitra & Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 1991. "The Effectiveness of Telecommuting as a Transportation Control Measure," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt0km7985p, University of California Transportation Center.
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  1. Choo, Sangho & Lee, Taihyeong & Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 2006. "Relationships between U.S. Consumer Expenditures on Communications and Travel: 1984-2002," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt1gm08532, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  2. Ory, D T & Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 2005. "An Empirical Analysis of Causality in the Relationship between Telecommuting and Residential and Job Relocation," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt9ts7d4j5, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  3. Choo, Sangho & Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 2008. "Telecommunications and travel demand and supply: Aggregate structural equation models for the US," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt6q8518s4, University of California Transportation Center.
  4. Mokhtarian, Patricia & Meenakshisundaram, Ravikumar, 1999. "Beyond Tele-Substitution: Disaggregate Longitudinal Structural Equations Modeling of Communication Impacts," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt4hg365gh, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  5. Ory, D T & Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 2005. "The Impact of Telecommuting on the Commute Time, Distance, and Speed of State of California Workers," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt1fz1b5nz, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  6. Pengyu Zhu, 2012. "Are telecommuting and personal travel complements or substitutes?," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 48(2), pages 619-639, April.
  7. Dissanayake, Dilum & Morikawa, Takayuki, 2008. "Impact assessment of satellite centre-based telecommuting on travel and air quality in developing countries by exploring the link between travel behaviour and urban form," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 42(6), pages 883-894, July.
  8. Taihyeong Lee & Patricia Mokhtarian, 2008. "Correlations between industrial demands (direct and total) for communications and transportation in the U.S. economy 1947–1997," Transportation, Springer, vol. 35(1), pages 1-22, January.

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