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Modelling mode choice within couples

Nathalie Picard (), Sophie Dantan and André de Palma ()

No 2015-17, THEMA Working Papers from THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Abstract: We analyze couples mode choice, with an application in Paris region. When spouses’ commuting decisions are assumed to be independent – the standard assumption – the model poorly reproduces intra-household decisions. We set up a model of joint decision, which provides more plausible results and exhibits a greater predictive power. We estimate the determinants of the bargaining power (spouses’ age, nationality, type of job contract, tenure status and number of children) using a collective model. To control remaining endogeneity issues, we finally model the joint choice of car ownership and mode choice. Values of time are computed for driving alone and together.

Keywords: Commuting; mode choice; unitary models; collective models; endogeneity; car ownership. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R2 R4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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