Residential location choice and its effects on travel satisfaction in a context of short-term transnational relocation

Mayara Moraes Monteiro, Joao De Abreu E. Silva, Nuno Afonso, Jesper Blafoss Ingvardson, Jorge Pinho de Sousa

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Temporary opportunities for studying and working abroad have been growing globally and intensifying the movement of highly skilled temporary populations. To attract this group, cities need to address their residential and mobility needs. This study focuses on factors influencing residential and travel satisfaction of transnational temporary residents, highlighting the occurrence of residential selfselection, its impacts on residential and travel choices and on derived levels of satisfaction. We have estimated a Bayesian Structural Equations Model and found that lower levels of residential satisfaction (residential dissonance) are associated with lower rents, living farther away from the place of study or work, and having higher transport expenditures. In contrast, higher levels of residential satisfaction (residential consonance) are related to individuals' stronger preferences for active modes, lower levels of public transport use, and reduced transport monthly expenditures, which suggest shorter commuting distances. These findings reveal the tradeoffs involving residential location, monthly rent, and transport expenditures, highlighting that providing good public transport connections can reduce the burden of commuting distances. Our results indicate that better transport supply and land-use balance near the residence can improve both residential and travel satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Transport and Land Use
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)975-994
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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