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Willingness to accept commuting time for yourself and for your spouse: Empirical evidence from Swedish stated preference data

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  • Swärdh, Jan-Erik

    () (VTI)

  • Algers, Staffan

    (Royal Institute of Technology)

Abstract

In this study, Swedish stated preference data is used to derive estimated values of commuting time (VOCT). Both spouses in two-earner households are individually making trade-offs between commuting time and wage; both with regard to their own commuting time and wage only, as well as when both their own commuting time and wage and their spouse's commuting time and wage are simultaneously changed. Thus, we are able to compare how male spouses and female spouses value each other's commuting time. When only ones own commuting time and wage are attributes, the empirical results show that the estimated VOCT is plausible with a tendency towards high values compared to other studies, and that VOCT does not differ significantly between men and women. When decisions affecting commuting time and wage of both spouses are analyzed, both spouses tend to value the commuting time of the wife highest. For policy implications, this study provides additional support for the practice of valuing commuting time higher than other private travel time. In addition, if VOCT were to be gender specific, the value might be higher for women than for men in two-earner households.

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  • Swärdh, Jan-Erik & Algers, Staffan, 2009. "Willingness to accept commuting time for yourself and for your spouse: Empirical evidence from Swedish stated preference data," Working Papers 2009:5, Swedish National Road & Transport Research Institute (VTI).
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:vtiwps:2009_005
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    1. Beck, Matthew J. & Hess, Stephane, 2016. "Willingness to accept longer commutes for better salaries: Understanding the differences within and between couples," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 1-16.
    2. Beck, Matthew J. & Hess, Stephane & Cabral, Manuel Ojeda & Dubernet, Ilka, 2017. "Valuing travel time savings: A case of short-term or long term choices?," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 100(C), pages 133-143.

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    Keywords

    Value of time; Commuting; Stated preferences; Two-earner households; Gender differences;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise

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