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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Ron Laschever, ECON 440, Spring 2011 1 Problem set #7 (and last) Due at the start of class on April 28 1. Indicate whether each statement is true or false, and support your answer with a 1-3 sentence explanation. A. On April 20, 1980, Fidel Castro declared that any Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. were free to leave from the Port of Mariel. From May to September 1980, 125,000 immigrants arrived in Miami on privately chartered boats. This large influx of immigrants became known as the Mariel Boatlift. (yes, the book does discuss the Mariel Boatlift too). True or false: Evidence from the impact of the 1980 Mariel Boatlift indicates immigrants tend to reduce the wages of low-skilled workers in the United States. B. One possible calculation (as we’ll see in class) indicates that the net gain to the U.S. economy from immigration is positive, but very small, on the order of 0.1 percent of GDP. True or false: Given that immigration has a small and positive effect on the overall economy, everyone should be in favor of increased immigration on economic grounds.
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