EconTalk on Immigration, Exploitation and The Sharing Economy

EconTalk is one of the best resources on the internet. In light of current fury over immigration, inequality, and such, here are six excellent episodes that you should listen to for more insight.

1. George Borjas on Immigration (2017). Borjas is probably the leading immigration “skeptic” in the economics profession. This is a fascinating discussion between proponents of two different sides of a very complex issue.

2. Michael Clemens on Aid, Migration, and Poverty (2013). Clemens has argued, plausibly, that there are “trillion-dollar bills on the sidewalk” that we can pick up if we have more immigrants.

3. Bryan Caplan on Immigration (2010). Caplan is an unabashed defender of open borders, and in this podcast he considers a lot of the objections to freer immigration.

4. Michael Munger on the Basic Income Guarantee (2017). Should we jettison the welfare state for a Basic Income Guarantee? Would it be an improvement over what we see now? Would it be fair?

5. Michael Munger on the Sharing Economy (2014). Dr. Munger is currently working on a book about the sharing economy. This is one of the things he will discuss when he visits Samford on February 8.

6. Michael Munger on Exchange, Exploitation, and Euvoluntary Transactions (2011). Can exchange be exploitative? Are exchanges in which people are “coerced by circumstance” really voluntary? What is an appropriate policy response? During his February 8 visit to Samford, Dr. Munger will discuss his views on this and how they relate to those of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.

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