Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes among Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans—La Crisis Boricua, by Marie T. Mora, Alberto Dávila, and Havidán Rodríguez (with a foreword by Francisco L. Rivera-Batiz) will be launched on Thursday, May 19, 2018, 6:00pm at Hunter College, Faculty Dining Room, 8th Floor, West Building (68th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York).
Description: At the landmark centennial anniversary of the 1917 Jones-Shafroth Act, which granted Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship, the island confronts an unfolding humanitarian crisis initially triggered by an acute economic crisis surging since 2006. Analyzing large datasets, such as the American Community Survey and the Puerto Rican Community Survey, this book represents the first comprehensive analysis of the socioeconomic and demographic consequences of “La Crisis Boricua” for Puerto Ricans on the island and mainland, including massive net outmigration from the island on a scale not seen for sixty years; a shrinking and rapidly aging population; a shut-down of high-tech industries; a significant loss in public and private sector jobs; a deteriorating infrastructure; higher sales taxes than any of the states; $74 billion in public debt plus another $49 billion in unfunded pension obligations; and defaults on payments to bondholders. This of course, before the recent devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President of the University at Albany, has served as founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; deputy provost at University of Delaware; and faculty at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.
Dr. Marie T. Mora, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is Professor of Economics and Director of the American Economic Association NSF-funded Economics Mentoring Program. Her research interests are in labor economics, particularly in the areas of Hispanic/Latino labor-market and other socioeconomic outcomes including self-employment and migration.
Dr. Alberto Dávila, Associate Dean for Administration, Graduate Studies and Research, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: Dr. Dávila’s publications include, Hispanic Female Entrepreneurs, Strategic Issues for Hispanic Entrepreneurs—Technology Usage, Current Policy Issues for Hispanic Entrepreneurs, Gender and Business Outcomes of Black and Hispanic New Entrepreneurs in the United States and Stratification Economics: A General Theory of Intergroup Inequality.