Do Consumer Expenditures Affect the Demand for Driving?

This project assembles long-run historical data of American vehicle ownership, travel behavior, and attitudes about travel, in order to cast light on the recent downturn in American driving. The project will make three contributions to the understanding of travel behavior. First, assembling heretofore neglected historical data will provide an unprecedented view of how American travel has evolved over the last 80-100 years. Second, using panel data that begins in the 1960s, the project will test the idea that people who come of age when driving is more expensive will drive less even after the economy has recovered. Third, by incorporating long-run data on consumer sentiments about both vehicles and the broader economy, the project will shed light on an important contemporary question: to what extent are attitudes about vehicles and driving formed independently of attitudes about broader economic conditions, and economic conditions themselves?


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $67983.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Thorson, Ellen

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Columbia University

    610 SW Mudd
    500W 120th Street
    New York, New York  United States  10027

    Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    New Brunswick, NJ  United States  08901

    Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY  United States  14853
  • Principal Investigators:

    King, David

    Smart, Michael

    Manville, Michael

  • Start Date: 20150601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39658

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01562961
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-36-27
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 15 2015 1:00AM