The role of numeracy and financial literacy skills in the relationship between information and communication technology use and travel behaviour

Jinhyun Hong, Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Phil Mason, Catherine Lido

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Abstract

The present research examines the role of maths-related literacies, or competencies, in influencing the relationship between ICTs and travel behaviour. We adopted a Bayesian approach to jointly model the frequency of different types of internet use, and total travel distance per traveller, with respect to measures of lifewide literacies (other than reading), specifically in the form of numeracy and financial literacy questions. Our findings revealed that participants with higher levels of these literacies used the Internet more frequently, and travelled further than those with fewer skills. These literacies were directly associated with total travel distance, as well as indirectly associated through internet use. Our results therefore imply that a strong policy aim to improve maths-related literacies could have implications for mitigating the effects of social exclusion in the digital age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalTravel Behaviour and Society
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Digital divide
  • Financial literacy
  • ICT
  • Numeracy
  • Travel behaviour

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