Migration As a Basic Human Right

Much of the discussion on the economics of migration focuses on the measurable aspects, in the sense of improved efficiency or the externalities associated with the move. Little, unfortunately, looks at the normative and social side of the decision to migrate. The Freakonomics team looked at whether people deserved the right to move at the same level as the right to clean water in their podcast “Migration as a Basic Human Right.” The positive components are still there in the sense that they discuss the human capital theory of migration and the impacts of additional workers on wage. There is a strong historical component in the podcast that focuses on migration around World War II, again during the fall of the USSR, and today’s Syrian refugee crisis. The podcast, in total, is about an hour long.

Course Used: Labor Economics
Quiz Nature: Podcast
Question Length: 7 Questions
Estimated Time to Play: 10 minutes

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