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Socio-psychological determinants of mode choice habits

H. Bouscasse and P. Bonnel

Working Papers from Grenoble Applied Economics Laboratory (GAEL)

Abstract: This article uses structural equation modeling with latent variables to analyse the influence of socio-psychological variables on mode choice habits. Considering theories from socio-psychological research, we propose to link together environmental concern, motives for car use, public transport perceptions and mode choice habits (public transport and car). Based on a recent survey carried out by the authors in the Rhône-Alpes Region of France, we show that a high environmental concern and positive perceptions of public transport promote public transport habits. The process by which environmental concern influences public transport habits is partially mediated by perceptions of public transport. Conversely, car use habits are reduced for people with a high environmental concern. Results also suggest that car use habits are more marked to the extent that they depend on affective and symbolic motives.

Keywords: STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING; LATENT VARIABLES; SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL VARIABLES; MODE CHOICE HABITS; ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN; PERCEPTION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT; CAR USE; AFFECTIVE MOTIVES; SYMBOLIC MOTIVES (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R41 C52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016
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