Transferring insights into commuter behavior dynamics from laboratory experiments to field surveys

Hani S. Mahmassani*, Rong Chang Jou

*Corresponding author for this work

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The principal objective of this paper is to perform a comparative analysis and interpretation of commuter behavior revealed in field surveys and laboratory experiments. The experimental studies have provided valuable insights into complex human decision behavior, but they were primarily intended to develop the underlying theoretical constructs, and were based on simulated traffic situations. The transferability of these insights of commuter behavior in real traffic systems has not been sufficiently established, and remains to be accomplished as the next logical step towards the operational use of such models of commuter behavior. Thus, in this paper, comparisons between the field survey results and the experiments involving real commuters in a simulated traffic system are performed to confirm and better interpret the models and the conclusions resulting from such experiments. Such informal tests of external validity are very important from a methodological standpoint as laboratory and stated preference experiments continue to play an increasingly important role in travel behavior research, especially in connection with the introduction of new technologies. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-260
Number of pages18
JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2000


  • Econometric models
  • Multinomial probit
  • Route choice
  • Stated preference
  • Travel behavior measurement
  • Trip timing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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