Estimating the effect of land use and transportation planning on travel patterns: Three problems in controlling for residential self-selection

Authors

  • Daniel G. Chatman University of California, Berkeley

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.v7i3.729

Keywords:

Residential self-selection, Travel behavior, Land use

Abstract

The common understanding of “residential self-selection” generally found in research on the effects of the built environment on travel is in error in three main ways. First, scholars have generally failed to recognize that the built environment may have different effects on travel for different households. Second, controlling for residential self-selection is not necessarily relevant to the predictive questions that controlled estimates are meant to inform. Third, in controlling for preferences and sorting, the literature has failed to account for the composition of the population and its consequences for housing demand. These problems may significantly influence the validity and usefulness of the research.

Author Biography

Daniel G. Chatman, University of California, Berkeley

Dan Chatman is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Published

2014-12-17

How to Cite

Chatman, D. G. (2014). Estimating the effect of land use and transportation planning on travel patterns: Three problems in controlling for residential self-selection. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 7(3), 47-56. https://doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.v7i3.729

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Section

Special Issue: Viewpoints on Self-Selection