1977 – Travel behaviour as a discrete choice hierarchy

Daily travel behaviours are conceived in terms of a three tiered choice hierarchy relating to different time horizons. Employment location and residential location are conceived as long range decisions which influence the medium range car ownership choice. The car ownership decision latterly influences short range (e.g. daily) travel choices. This formed the theoretical basis of discrete choice modelling.

Key Reference

Ben-Akiva, M. and Atherton, T. (1977) Methodology for short range travel demand predictions; analysis of car pooling incentives. Journal of Transport Economics and Policy. 11 (33), pp.224-261.

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