one or two of the following lectures.
Listen to them and write a summary that
is at least one page in length (single spaced).
1. Caplan on Immigration
Bryan Caplan of George Mason
University and EconLog blogger talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about
immigration. Caplan takes on the common arguments against open borders and
argues that they are either exaggerated or can be overcome while still allowing
more immigration than is currently allowed in the United States.
2. Daniel Sumner on the Political Economy
Daniel Sumner of the University of
California talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about
agricultural subsidies in the United States, the winners and losers from those
subsidies, and how the structure of subsidies has changed from the New Deal to
the present. Sumner also explains how American policies have affected foreign
3. Narlikar on Fair Trade and Free Trade
Amrita Narlikar of the University
of Cambridge talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about
fair trade and policy issues related to trade. Narlikar argues--based on a
recent article with Dan Kim--that the Fair Trade movement hurts workers outside
of the fair trade umbrella and does little for those it is trying to help. She
advocates free trade, particularly the elimination of agricultural subsidies in
the developed world and the best way to help workers in poor nations. Drawing
on a recent article with Jagdish Bhagwati, she criticizes the international
response to recent deaths in Bangladesh factories. In the last part of the
conversation, she defends the World Trade Organization.