Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Reader 1

Manfred Keil

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Abstract

In light of the civil unrest surrounding the tech industry’s corporate shuttle buses, this paper examines factors that determine the percentage of commuters from Greater San Francisco to Silicon Valley. By using aggregate characteristics of two departing cities (San Francisco and Oakland) and 34 receiving cities in Silicon Valley in 2006 and 2011, the study shows that distance alone is statistically significant across various specifications. Relative median housing values and relative unemployment rates mattered at times. These findings can help businesses and governments in the area make educated decisions regarding employment and residential locations.

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