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Mobility Behavior in Switzerland during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Project funded by own resources
Project title Mobility Behavior in Switzerland during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Principal Investigator(s) Hintermann, Beat
Co-Investigator(s) Schoeman, Beaumont
Project Members Lustenberger, Nina
Organisation / Research unit Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Public Economics / Public Finance (Hintermann)
Project Website
Project start 01.03.2020
Probable end 30.06.2022
Status Completed

We study the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated government measures on individual mobility choices in Switzerland. Our data is based on over 1,000 people for which we observe all trips during eight weeks before the pandemic and again for up to 6 months after its onset. We find an overall reduction of travel distances by 60 percent, followed by a gradual recovery during the subsequent re-opening of the economy. Whereas driving distances have almost completely recovered, public transport remains under-used. The introduction of a requirement to wear a mask in public transport had no measurable impact on ridership. We study the heterogeneity of the individual travel response to the pandemic and find that it varies along socio-economic dimensions such as education and household size, with mobility tool ownership, and with personal values and lifestyles.

Keywords COVID-19, mobility, transport, tracking, causal forest
Financed by University funds
Follow-up Project of... 4496364 Empirische Analyse des Mobilitätsverhaltens mit dynamischen Preisanreizen (MOBIS)

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
4625850  Hintermann, Beat; Schoeman, Beaumont; Molloy, Joseph; Schatzmann, Thomas; Tchervenkov, Christopher; Axhausen, Kay W.  The impact of COVID-19 on mobility choices in Switzerland      Publication: Discussion paper / Internet publication 
4626118  Molloy, Joseph; Schatzmann, Thomas; Schoeman, Beaumont; Tchervenkov, Christopher; Hintermann, Beat; Axhausen, Kay W.  Observed impacts of the Covid-19 first wave on travel behaviour in Switzerland based on a large GPS panel  0967-070X  Transport Policy  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
4496397  Hintermann, Beat  Axhausen, Kay, Professor  ETH Zurich  01.07.2018  31.12.2024 

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