Incorporating measures of subjective well being into the measurement of transport equity

Cameron GORDON, Robert TANTON

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The socio-cultural and economic distributional impacts of transportation projects are key elements of both individual project decisions and transportation policymaking. One of these dimensions, transportation equity, roughly defined as the relative distribution of benefits and burdens of transportation investments, goods and services, is a growing area of both policy and academic concern. Most ‘equity’ measures are ‘objective’ in that they use quantitative metrics of actual burden as seen and defined by outside observers. This article examines a subjective measure of burden (the Subjective Wellbeing Index) which captures how satisfied people are with their lives on a number of domains. While this concept has been used in studies of economic development and general disadvantage, it has never been used before in the context of transport disadvantage. This article will thus accomplish a first by looking at transport costs using a subjective well-being framework using a case study of Australia and the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Survey of Australia (HILDA).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Australasian Transport Research Forum ATRF 2013 - Transport and the New World City
EditorsLindsay Oxlad
Place of PublicationOnline
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781921897825
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2013) - Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2 Oct 20134 Oct 2013


ConferenceAustralasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2013)


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