Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
This paper explores the causes behind firm clustering, specifically job density in computer and math occupations, and similarities between firm clustering and lek mating, a mating strategy among certain species, particularly avian, involving male clustering to attract female mates. I use a model that contains economic variables and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping techniques to compare the similarities between the two phenomena visually. My findings suggest a significant positive effect of average annual salary for computer and math occupations and real GDP per capita on job density in those fields and a positive significant effect of job density and real GDP per capita on average annual wages.
Salitan-Alvarez, Gabriel, "Firm Clustering and Lek Mating: Similarities in the Clustering Behaviors of Firms and Lek Species" (2017). Economics Student Theses and Capstone Projects. 32.