Smartphones and Urban Transportation Mode Choice

25 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2017 Last revised: 26 Mar 2018

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Joseph Wyer

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Wesley W. Wilson

University of Oregon - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 20, 2018

Abstract

The arrival of smartphones has profoundly impacted how commuters make travel decisions. Using travel diary data, we estimate a discrete choice model that identifi es a signi ficant complementarity between smartphones and commuting via public transit. We address potential correlation in unobservables for smartphone ownership and mode choice by making use of excludable variables: mode-specifi c prices, travel times, and the release of the iPhone 4s (the first iPhone featuring Siri). We fi nd that 18% of transit commutes as well as 4.5% of smartphone ownership in the sample can be attributed to this complementarity.

Keywords: smartphones, mode choice, discrete choice

JEL Classification: R41, L96, C25

Suggested Citation

Wyer, Joseph and Wilson, Wesley W., Smartphones and Urban Transportation Mode Choice (February 20, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2942862

Joseph Wyer (Contact Author)

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Wesley W. Wilson

University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )

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