Taking a multidisciplinary approach, we conducted a study consisting of written surveys, focus groups, and individual interviews with men and women who were seeking employment through the MCLE at the time of the study and who were predominantly Hispanic immigrants. The results of this study offer insight into the ways in which this population benefits from the services of the MCLE, their labor conditions, financial and saving behavior, and overall wellbeing. Our findings clarify how this population in Malibu negotiates short-term labor relationships in the context of continuing economic instability, where we provide a better understanding of the intersecting inequalities that face this population, their financial behaviors under insecure circumstances, and the function of the MCLE in the informal labor market.
Blanco, Luisa; Morrison, Daniel; Carlsen, George; Carlsen, Lila; Chaparro, Ashley; and Molina, Erick, "Hispanic Immigrant Workers in Paradise: Malibu Day Laborers in a Time of Insecurity" (2015). Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy Working Papers. Paper 59.