This chapter gives an overview of the current debates on residential self-selection and presents a related research agenda. Here, we define residential self-selection as “the tendency of people to choose residential locations based on their travel abilities, needs and preferences.” Debates relate to theory/causalities (including the role of attitudes), research methods, empirical findings (including the magnitude of the importance of residential self-selection for the influence of the built environment on travel behavior and the dominance of OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries), and the implications for planning. The main contribution is in translating the current debates into a research agenda. Challenging avenues for future research are partly inspired by these debates, and include changing attitudes, qualitative research, multiple causal structures, extending the scope to other areas than residential areas, the existence of threshold values for the strength of preferences to be important for residential self-selection, the role of perceived accessibility, non-OECD countries, and planning implications.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Urban Transport and Land Use Planning|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Synthesis of Global Knowledge|
|Editors||Xinyu Jason Cao, Chuan Ding, Jiawen Yang|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - Jan 2022|
|Name||Advances in Transport Policy and Planning|
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- Land use
- Residential choice
- Selection bias
- Travel choice