How do we choose where to live?

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Deborah Salon
Chairs: Deborah Salon


The neighborhoods we live in have an enormous impact on how we live. Urbanites live in small homes, but they have easy access to jobs, parks, a wide variety of goods, services, and activities. Suburbanites live in larger homes with private yards, but often the only way to access local amenities is to drive to them. Those who live in rural areas have more open space around them, but certain key amenities may not be available at all in their neighborhoods.

The choice of home neighborhood is important not only for the quality and type of life that the people want for themselves, but home neighborhood choice also has a large impact on residents' environmental footprint, contribution to traffic congestion, and the cost of providing public services to them. Sometimes, neighborhood choice has opposite impacts for different members of the same household, making the selection process even more complicated. With a better understanding of how and why people make the choices that they do, perhaps governments could incentivize individual neighborhood choices that improve our society.

This session presents a collection of papers that investigate how and why people choose their home neighborhoods, how those choices impact their lives, and the typologies of their choice process.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Elyse Kats*, Arizona State, Deborah Salon, Arizona State University, Residential Choice Theory and Sustainable Transit 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Jamey Volker*, University of California, Davis, Diving Deeper into Millennial Residential Location Choice 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Deborah Salon*, Arizona State University, What do households want in a neighborhood, and do they get it? 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Wen Jiang*, Chongqing University, Tao Feng, Eindhoven University of Technology, Harry J. P Timmermans, Eindhoven University of Technology, Residential aspirations in renovated historical blocks of two selected cities 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Elizabeth Delmelle University of North Carolina at Charlotte 20 11:15 AM

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