The impact of hurricane Katrina migration on low-wage labor markets
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Hurricane Katrina forced the evacuation of 1.5 million Gulf Coast residents, and a year later at least 406,000 were still displaced. Individuals who did not return were disproportionately less skilled workers, and areas that absorbed a large number of evacuees experienced an exogenous low-wage labor supply shock. Therefore, Hurricane Katrina migration created a natural experiment to examine outcomes of unskilled local labor markets. I estimated the change in employment status and hourly wage in Houston and Baton Rouge, compared to other areas in the southern U.S. region, using March CPS data over the 2003-2008 period. Hurricane landfall trends and climate change predictions indicate that large-scale natural disasters will continue to occur. This study offers insight to inform future disaster migration studies.
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