On the Link between Urban Form and Automobile Use - Evidence from German Survey Data

23 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2006

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Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Ralf Hedel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

This study investigates the influence of urban form on automobile travel using travel-diary data from Germany. Two dimensions of car use are considered: the discrete decision to own a car and the continuous decision of distance traveled. Because these decisions are likely to be influenced by factors unobservable to the researcher, we apply censored regression models to evaluate the role of biases emerging from sample selectivity. Unlike much of the literature, we find that urban form variables are a significant determinant of both automobile ownership and use, a finding that holds even after using instrumental variables to control for endogeneity.

Keywords: urban form, non-work automobile travel, sample selectivity, instrumental

JEL Classification: R14, R41

Suggested Citation

Vance, Colin and Hedel, Ralf, On the Link between Urban Form and Automobile Use - Evidence from German Survey Data (September 2006). RWI Discussion Paper No. 48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=929092 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.929092

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Ralf Hedel

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