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Telecommuting and the Demand for Urban Living: A Preliminary Look at White-collar Workers

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  • Ingrid Gould Ellen

    (Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, 4 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003, USA, ingrid.ellen@nyuedu)

  • Katherine Hempstead

    (Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University, 317 George Street, Suite 400, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2008, USA, hkempstead@cshp.rutgers.edu)

Abstract

With recent advances in communications technology, telecommuting appears to be an increasingly viable option for many workers. For urban researchers, the key question is whether this growing ability to telecommute is altering residential location decisions and leading households to live in smaller, lower-density and more remote locations. Using the Work Schedules supplement from the 1997 Current Population Study, this paper explores this question. Specifically, it examines the prevalence of telecommuting, explores the relationship between telecommuting and the residential choices of white-collar workers and, finally, speculates about future impacts on residential patterns and urban form.

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  • Ingrid Gould Ellen & Katherine Hempstead, 2002. "Telecommuting and the Demand for Urban Living: A Preliminary Look at White-collar Workers," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 39(4), pages 749-766, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:39:y:2002:i:4:p:749-766
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    1. 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.
    2. Seung-Nam Kim, 2016. "Two traditional questions on the relationships between telecommuting, job and residential location, and household travel: revisited using a path analysis," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, pages 537-563.
    3. Timothy G. Schiller, 2004. "Sprawl: what's in a name?," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q4, pages 26-38.
    4. Patricia L Mokhtarian & Gustavo O Collantes & Carsten Gertz, 2004. "Telecommuting, residential location, and commute-distance traveled: evidence from State of California employees," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 36(10), pages 1877-1897, October.

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