Cohort Effects and Their Influence on Car Ownership

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Cohort Effects and Their Influence on Car Ownership

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Recent trends in the United States suggest a movement toward saturation of vehicle ownership. This paper examines this trend through an analysis of car ownership in the Minneapolis- St. Paul, Minnesota (USA) metropolitan region. Data from pooled cross-sectional household surveys are used to calibrate a model of car ownership that includes birth cohort effects to capture unobserved variations in preference toward car ownership across generations. Declines in household size and worker status have significant impacts in limiting the growth of car ownership, but they are also coupled by an apparent softening of preferences toward ownership among young adults.


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Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities

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Iacono, Michael, J; Levinson, David, M. (2015). Cohort Effects and Their Influence on Car Ownership. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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