The Impact of the Mariel Boatlift on the Miami Labor Market

  title={The Impact of the Mariel Boatlift on the Miami Labor Market},
  author={D. Card},
  journal={Industrial & Labor Relations Review},
  pages={245 - 257}
  • D. Card
  • Published 1989
  • Economics
  • Industrial & Labor Relations Review
  • Using data from the Current Population Survey, this paper describes the effect of the Mariel Boatlift of 1980 on the Miami labor market. The Mariel immigrants increased the Miami labor force by 7%, and the percentage increase in labor supply to less-skilled occupations and industries was even greater because most of the immigrants were relatively unskilled. Nevertheless, the Mariel influx appears to have had virtually no effect on the wages or unemployment rates of less-skilled workers, even… CONTINUE READING
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