Exploring the links between the happiness and episode affect of daily travel: Evidence from Beijing, China

Fenglong Wang, Donggen Wang

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Abstract

The subjective wellbeing (SWB) of travel has become a new topic of research in activity-travel behaviour analysis. This paper examines the episode affect of travel and explores its links with the cognitive SWB of daily travel. Based on the prospect theory and "peak-end rule", this paper examines how the episode specific affects of daily travel are interacted with the cognitive SWB of daily travel in general. Activity-travel diary-based episode affect data were collected in Beijing, China. Multivariate analysis is conducted to identify connections between episode affect and cognitive SWB of travel. It is found that neither the "peak" nor the "end" affects in daily travel is relevant to the cognitive SWB of travel though the duration of the travel episode do have some links with the cognitive SWB of travel. This study may contribute to knowledge on the cognitive SWB of travel and improve our survey strategies in travel studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2012
Subtitle of host publicationTransportation and Logistics Management
Pages117-124
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event17th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transportation and Logistics Management, HKSTS 2012 - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Duration: 15 Dec 201217 Dec 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 17th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2012: Transportation and Logistics Management

Conference

Conference17th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transportation and Logistics Management, HKSTS 2012
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityKowloon
Period15/12/1217/12/12

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Transportation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Beijing
  • Cognitive subjective well-being
  • Daily travel
  • Episode affects
  • Peak-end rue

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