Telecommuting and the Demand for Urban Living
Telecommuting and the Demand for Urban Living: A Preliminary Look at White-collar Workers
Ingrid Gould Elen and Katherine Hempstead
[Paper rst received, November 2000; in nal form, August 2001]
Summary. With recent advances in communications technology, telecommuting appears to be an increasingly viable option for many workers. For urban researchers, the key question is whether this growing ability to telecommute is altering residential location decisions and leading households to live in smaler, lower-density and more remote locations. Using the Work Schedules supplement from the 1997 Current Population Study, this paper explores this question. Speci caly, it examines the prevalence of telecommuting, explores the relationship between telecommuting and the residential choices of white-colar workers and, naly, speculates about future impacts on residential patterns and urban form.
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