Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

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Manfred Keil

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Abstract

This thesis strives to understand the determinants of commuting for the Inland Empire. What could possibly entice workers to live far from their workplaces and endure hundreds of hours of traffic each year? After surveying the literature on commuting theories and empirical studies of Southern California, a multitude of variables were tested for their ability to shape commuting flows. Some variables, such as average household size and number of cars per household, mirrored the results from previous studies. One variable, median rooms per home, was uncovered to be both influential and statistically significant. The study concludes with a brief look at the potential forecasting power of changes in commuting flows.

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