An empirical analysis of children's after school out-of-home activity-location engagement patterns and time allocation

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Children are an often overlooked and understudied population group, whose travel needs are responsible for a significant number of trips made by a household. In addition, children's travel and activity participation during the post-school period have direct implication for adults' activity-travel patterns. A better understanding of children's after school activity-travel patterns and the linkages between parents and children's activity-travel needs is necessary for accurate prediction and forecasting of activity-based travel demand modeling systems. In this paper, data from the 2002 Child Development Supplement of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics is used to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the post-school out-of-home activity-location engagement patterns of children aged 5-17 years. Specifically, this research effort utilizes a multinomial logit model to analyze children's post-school location patterns, and employs a multiple discrete-continuous extreme value model to study the propensity of children to participate in, and allocate time to, multiple activity episode purpose-location types during the after-school period. The results show that a wide variety of demographic, attitudinal, environmental, and others' activity-travel pattern characteristics impact children's after school activity engagement patterns.


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Transportation

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