2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Samia Islam


Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and problems occurring from that include the need for housing and infrastructure creating an imbalance in the construction industry. Our research will be investigating the construction labor market growth and its relation to workers’ wages in the area as well as its correlation to the cost of housing. We will identify the main source of labor for the construction industry, as well as the factors that go into changes in wage and advances in construction techniques. We will be researching how these construction techniques and changes in labor source have affected the competition in the labor market. Data will be collected through the Idaho department of labor, as well as other comparable cities to identify discrepancies in wage. Our research objective is to present a comparative analysis of the local construction market of Boise and other similarly sized cities in the last five years. We also expect to see a strong correlation between competition in the industry, labor wages, and the growth of the construction industry.