Before Covid-19 interceded, the AA Research Foundation started the ball rolling on a project to evaluate the benefits and costs of a day not commuting (i.e. working from home).
In late 2019, the AA Research Foundation contracted the NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc (NZIER) to investigate the potential effects of a four day commute each week.
Then Covid-19 came along and research got real!
Potential effects of reducing commuting include impacts on road safety, carbon emissions, productivity, and well-being.
This scoping study doesn't quantify the effects, but instead simply identifies the wide-range of potential impacts, and has suggestions for how the effects could be modelled.
Why is the AA Interested?
The AA recognises that changing our commuting behaviour is one way to make roads safer and more efficient.
There are pros and cons however to encouraging more people to work from home occasionally if they can.
A better understanding of what the benefits are likely to be will help organisations in their decisions.
Stage One - Results
The NZIER Stage One scoping study report is provided here, along with a summary presentation of the results.
- Christina Leung – NZIER
- Michael Bealing – NZIER
- Simon Douglas - AA Research Foundation
- Peter King - AA Research Foundation
The AA is working on finding funding partners to contribute to Stage Two of this research, which would apply the models developed in Stage One to quantify, as far as possible, the wide range of potential benefits and costs from reducing many people's commuting by one day a week.