The Debate over Immigration and Wages Heats Up

Last fall I blogged about a new study by George Borjas that reassesses the wage impact of the “Mariel boatlift.” The boatlift has a special place in the minds of labor economists. After Fidel Castro announced in 1980 that Cubans were free to leave via the port of Mariel, some 125,000 came to Miami in a single summer. This large and unexpected wave of newcomers created an intriguing test of how immigration affects wages. Surprisingly, economist David Card was unable to detect any wage...

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