Date of Award

Summer 8-7-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jonathan Conning

Second Advisor

Randall Filer

Academic Program Adviser

Randall K. Filer


In the 1980s, a boatlift brought 125,000 Cuban refugees to Miami, known as the Mariel Boatlift. Using data from David Roodman’s blog and from National Bureau Economic Research and the synthetic control method, I examine the effect of the Mariel Boatlift on low-educated female non-Hispanic ages 18-65’s wages. The results suggest there is little to no effect of the Mariel Boatlift on the wages of low-educated female non-Hispanic aged 18-65.



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