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Immigration, Internal Migration, and Technology Adoption

Joan Monras ()

No 13998, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: An abundance of a certain factor may shape technology adoption. Traditional approaches have used proxies of local technology adoption in combination with immigrant-driven exogenous changes in the factor mix to document this relationship. In this paper, I back-out implied technology adoption from long-run internal migration patterns in Miami relative to a number of controls groups following the Mariel Boatlift. The identifying assumption is that technology adoption explains the part of the wage recovery that cannot be explained by internal migration. Model-based estimates suggest that local technology adoption explains 60 percent of the relative wage recovery in Miami.

Keywords: International and internal migration; Technology adoption (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J20 J30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2019-09
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