Couples’ Commutes to Work Considering Workplace, Household, and Neighborhood Contexts: The Traffic Triangle
This study examines the commutes between home and work for 811 middle-class, dual-earner couples with one or both spouses employed in 1998-1999 at seven firms in upstate New York. Commute patterns for dual-earner couples are: husbands with long commutes whose wives have short commutes have a „neotraditional“ couple commute pattern. Wives with long commutes with short-commuting husbands have „nontraditional“ commutes. Both have long commutes or short commutes. Traditional predictors of commute time have been economic measures (job prestige, income) and family measures. Multivariate analyses here show that job prestige matters oly for women: wives with higher job prestige relative to their husbands tend toward longer commutes. Mothers of young children average longer commutes than do other mother or non-parents. Men’s commutes are not predicted well here, though evidence suggests that professional/managerial husbands whose wives are not professionals tend toward neotraditional commute patterns.
Hofmeister, Heather. (2002). Couples’ Commutes to Work Considering Workplace, Household, and Neighborhood Contexts: The Traffic Triangle Ann Arbor: UMI.