The persevering commuter: Duration of long-distance commuting
2010 (English)In: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, ISSN 0965-8564, Vol. 44, no 6, 433-445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A growing number of people are long-distance commuters. For some long-distance commuting is a temporary solution, while as for others it can be a more long-term strategy to promote career and income. This study addresses duration of long-distance commuting – 30 km or more between home and work – in Sweden, and what characterizes individuals who commute for shorter or longer periods. The effects of long-distance commuting in terms of economic outcome for both partners in a commuter household are analysed. The study is based on register data for the years 1995–2005 covering all long-distance commuters in Sweden. One finding is that previous experience of long-distance commuting makes it more likely to have a long duration of long-distance commuting. In addition economic incentives, such as a higher income, are positively correlated for continuing to long-distance commuting more than a few years. Furthermore, the analysis shows that male commuters benefit more in terms of economic outcome of long-distance commuting. It is concluded that the trend with increasing long-distance commuting can sustain not only gender differences on the labour market but also within households. Finally, the paper indicates that long-distance commuting is a strategic mobility choice for households, rather than a short-term solution for a few years.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 44, no 6, 433-445 p.
Long-distance commuting; Duration; Economic outcome; Households; Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34165DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2010.03.017ISI: 000278630500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-34165DiVA: diva2:319423