May 8, 2009


Activity and Travel Choice Models - Possible Applications to Understanding Energy Demand


1:40pm - 3:00pm


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


This talk focuses on some recent research using activity and transportation choice models and the potential extension of these models to understand residential and transportation energy consumption. The first part of the talk examines the decision to engage in an activity in the home or outside of the home using an individual-level, binary choice model that estimates the choice of activity location as a function of personal characteristics, activity attributes and the land use and transportation system characteristics. Many models of human activity only focus on out-of-home activities because the travel incurred to reach the activity is the primary interest. However, it is important to consider the full complement of daily activities and their location in order to understand the phenomena influencing these choices and the potential for substitution. The second part of the talk will discuss how these models and results might fit into a larger framework to understand the direct energy consumption patterson of households and implications for policy.

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