Tonights topic: Do Immigrants Lower Wages for Native Workers? Evidence from the Mariel Boatlift. The 1980 Mariel boatlift provides a natural experiment in whether an influx of immigration directly impacts the wages of native workers, and whether a direct relationship at all can be drawn between the two. Tuan Nguyen, assistant professor of economics, investigates whether an increase in Cuban immigrants causes the wages of native workers in Miami to change. Come find out! From 7-8pm in the Boat/Moore rooms in Maytag Center at Central College. Free and open to the public.