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Does home-based telework reduce household total travel? A path analysis using single and two worker British households

João de Abreu e Silva and Patrícia C. Melo

Journal of Transport Geography, 2018, vol. 73, issue C, 148-162

Abstract: The initial enthusiasm for home-based telework as an attractive travel demand management strategy has been countered by recent research pointing to its inductive effects on travel. This paper develops path analysis models for one- and two-worker households in Great Britain, using data from the National Travel Survey (2005–2012), to study the effects of teleworking frequency on household-level weekly trips and travel distances by mode. The results indicate that among single-worker households, higher teleworking frequencies are associated with more travel by all modes, particularly by car, while there is no significant association for two-worker households. In terms of policy implications, these results do not support the expectation that home-based telework reduces travel, although the methods used do not permit us to definitively conclude that it increases travel.

Keywords: Home-based telework; Commuting distance; Car ownership; Household travel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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