Til work do us part: the social fallacy of long-distance commuting
2014 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 51, no 3, 55 p.526-543 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper focuses on the social implications of long-distance commuting on commuters and their spouses in Sweden. In a nation-wide study, the extent to which long-distance commuting increases the odds that couples will separate is investigated through event history analysis. Discrete-time logistic regression models were employed with longitudinal data on Swedish couples in 2000 to explore the odds of separation following long-distance commuting during 1995 to 2005. As expected, the results show that separation rates are higher among long-distance commuting couples compared with non-commuting couples. More complex results show that for men the odds of separating are highest if the commuting is on a temporary basis, and that women’s odds decrease when they continue commuting for a longer time-period. The long-distance commuting effect on relationships also varies depending on residential context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 51, no 3, 55 p.526-543 p.
long-distance commuting, social costs, household separations, longitudinal study, event history analysis
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43463DOI: 10.1177/0042098013498280ISI: 000329485500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-43463DiVA: diva2:414072