Residential Location Choice

Part of the series Advances in Spatial Science pp 1-20


The State-of-the-Art in Building Residential Location Models

  • Francesca PagliaraAffiliated withDepartment of Transportation Engineering, University of Naples Federico II Email author 
  • , Alan WilsonAffiliated withCentre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

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This chapter provides an overview of the history of modelling residential location choice. Models of residential mobility typically have developed for illuminating the nature of location choice at different territorial scales or as part of an integrated model of land-use and transport. The latter tend to be more comprehensive in nature, though certain other investigations do consider interactions of location choice with other key decisions, such as work location.

Models presented in this book are described here briefly and are presented here according to three dimensions: theory and method, i.e. the modelling approach at the root of the model; categorisation of residential decision makers; and treatment of space, i.e. continuous, zoning or cells.