ERIC Number: ED053257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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The Aftermath of the Bracero: A Study of the Economic Impact on the Agricultural Hired Labor Market of Michigan from the Termination of Public Law 78.
Mason, John Dancer
To test the "stoop labor" hypotheses that the supply response of domestic migrants to increased wages would be inelastic, this study examined wage adjustment in Michigan agriculture after 1964, supply response to wage changes in the pickle industry, and acreage decline and capital substitution following the termination of the bracero program. Between 1964-65, a statistically significant increase occurred in the wages of all hired agricultural workers in Michigan. The supply response of domestic migrants to higher wages in the pickle industry was not inelastic, and domestic migrants accepted jobs as stoop laborers. The exact supply curve was difficult to plot because of the seasonal nature of the work. Total acreage declined slightly in 1965 and 1966, but in 1967 the harvest acreage returned to the 1964 level. This was partially due to increased use of mechanical pickle harvesters. (BC)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Braceros, Economic Research, Farm Labor, Labor Economics, Labor Supply, Migrant Employment, Migrant Workers, Statistical Analysis, Tables (Data)
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB-184906, MF $.65, see catalog for hard copy price)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Manpower Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan