Impacts of institutional policies on indviduals' participation in non-work activities

Donggen Wang*

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This paper investigates the potential impacts on individuals' activity participation patterns of several institutional policies recently proposed in The Netherlands. These policies include extra holiday for full-time employees, flexible work time and extended shopping hours, etc. Stated preference methods were used to generate experiments that represent the situations when these policies are implemented. Respondents were asked to state the possible adaptation of their participation in shopping, sporting and socializing activities, if these policies were to be implemented. The modeling results suggest that individuals would participate more in sporting and socializing activities if the policy were to lead to more free time for them. Further, they would adjust their participation patterns of shopping activities but not increase the intensity. It is also found that individuals' income levels would have no significant influence on the behavioral changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-74
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Activity and travel behaviour
  • Activity participation patterns
  • Activity- based models
  • Experimental designs
  • Stated preference


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