, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 101–122

Discretionary activity location choice: in-home or out-of-home?



This paper examines the location choice associated with discretionary activities (in-home vs. out-of-home). These substitution patterns are important in terms of travel demand as in-home activities do not necessitate travel while out-of-home activities incur travel. Mixed logit models are estimated using an activity dataset (2003 CHASE data) to analyze the factors associated with this choice at the individual activity-level. Results suggest that the attributes of an activity significantly contribute to understanding the likelihood of engaging in out-of-home activities. Activity type interaction terms reveal the varying influence that socio-demographics, activity attributes and travel have over four different activity types modeled. The results reveal that the location choice (in-home vs. out-of-home) is sensitive to travel characteristics. As the travel time and cost increases, an individual is less likely to engage in an activity out-of-home. Compared to passive and social activities, the location of active activities is more sensitive to changes in travel attributes.


Activity location choice In-home activities Out-of-home activities Mixed logit Activity attributes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gulsah Akar
    • 1
  • Kelly J. Clifton
    • 2
  • Sean T. Doherty
    • 3
  1. 1.City and Regional Planning, Knowlton School of ArchitectureThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Civil and Environmental EngineeringPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Geography and Environmental StudiesWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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