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Telecommuting and Travel: State of the Practice, State of the Art

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  • Mokhtarian, Patricia L.

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This paper provides an overview of the status of telecommuting in the United States, especially as it relates to changes in travel behavior. Regarding the state of the practice, the paper discusses some refinements to the definition of telecommuting that have developed through increased operational experience. It reports several policy statements involving telecommuting, and explores the appeal of telecommuting as a public policy instrument. It highlights some trends in the implementation of home-based and work center-based telecommuting, and suggests that visible public-sector involvement has been crucial to the increased activity in this area. In sketching the state of the art, the paper outlines some frequently-stated hypothesis on telecommuting and travel behavior, and summarizes current empirical findings relating to those hypotheses. Finally, it suggests a variety of topics suitable for further research. These include studying factors influencing the ultimate adoption levels of telecommuting; impacts of energy/air quality, mode choice, and location/urban form; interactions with other transportation demand management strategies; relationships to the traditional urban travel demand forecasting process; cost/benefit tradeoffs; and telecommuting centers.

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Paper provided by University of California Transportation Center in its series University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers with number qt4zc486ph.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 1991
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt4zc486ph

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Keywords: telecommuting; telecommuting centers; telework; transportation demand management; travel behavior; travel demand forecasting; Social and Behavioral Sciences;

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  1. Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 1990. "A Typology of Relationships Between Telecommunications And Transportation," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers, University of California Transportation Center qt4rx589m0, University of California Transportation Center.
  2. Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 1992. "Defining Telecommuting," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers, University of California Transportation Center qt7k47f97v, University of California Transportation Center.
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  1. Pnina Plaut, 2004. "Non-commuters: the people who walk to work or work at home," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 31(2), pages 229-255, May.
  2. P L Mokhtarian & I Salomon, 1996. "Modeling the choice of telecommuting: 2. A case of the preferred impossible alternative," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 28(10), pages 1859-1876, October.
  3. Shafizadeh, K. & Niemeier, D. & Mokhtarian, P. & Salomon, I., 1998. "The Costs And Benefits Of Telecommuting: An Evaluation Of Macro-scale Literature," Institute of Transportation Studies, Research Reports, Working Papers, Proceedings, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley qt1f01c191, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley.
  4. Dutcher, E. Glenn & Saral, Krista Jabs, 2012. "Does Team Telecommuting Affect Productivity? An Experiment," MPRA Paper, University Library of Munich, Germany 41594, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Tang, Wei & Mokhtarian, Patricia L & Handy, Susan L, 2008. "The Role of Neighborhood Characteristics in the Adoption and Frequency of Working at Home: Empirical Evidence from Northern California," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis qt13x2q3rb, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
  6. Plaut, Pnina O., 1997. "Transportation-communications relationships in industry," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 419-429, November.
  7. Mokhtarian, Patricia L. & Handy, Susan L. & Salomon, Ilan, 1995. "Methodological issues in the estimation of the travel, energy, and air quality impacts of telecommuting," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 283-302, July.
  8. Henderson, Dennis K. & Koenig, Brett E. & Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 1996. "Using Travel Diary Data to Estimate the Emissions Impacts of Transportation Strategies: The Puget Sound Telecommuting Demonstration Project," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers, University of California Transportation Center qt0g01v83p, University of California Transportation Center.
  9. Sampath, Srikanth & Saxena, Somitra & Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 1991. "The Effectiveness of Telecommuting as a Transportation Control Measure," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers, University of California Transportation Center qt0km7985p, University of California Transportation Center.
  10. Brewer, Ann M., 1998. "Work design, flexible work arrangements and travel behaviour: policy implications," Transport Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 5(2), pages 93-101, April.
  11. Santos, Georgina & Behrendt, Hannah & Teytelboym, Alexander, 2010. "Part II: Policy instruments for sustainable road transport," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 46-91.
  12. Glenn Dutcher, E., 2012. "The effects of telecommuting on productivity: An experimental examination. The role of dull and creative tasks," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 84(1), pages 355-363.
  13. Nagurney, Anna & Dong, June & Mokhtarian, Patricia L., 2002. "Multicriteria network equilibrium modeling with variable weights for decision-making in the Information Age with applications to telecommuting and teleshopping," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(9-10), pages 1629-1650, August.
  14. Salomon, Ilan & Cohen, Galit & Nijkamp, Peter, 1999. "ICT and urban public policy : does knowledge meet policy?," Serie Research Memoranda, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics 0047, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  15. Ann Brewer & David Hensher, 2000. "Distributed work and travel behaviour: The dynamics of interactive agency choices between employers and employees," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 117-148, February.

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