Migration and immigration: The economics of crossing borders and getting visas.

The Economics of Coming to America

The Economics of Coming to America

Slate’s weekly business and finance podcast.
Aug. 29 2015 2:02 AM

The Migration Edition

Columbia economist Suresh Naidu joins Slate Money to talk migrants, refugees, and work visas. 


Listen to Episode No. 68 of Slate Money:


On this episode of Slate Money, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs economist Suresh Naidu joins host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann to talk about the economics of migration.

This week's show was recorded before reports of migrant deaths in Austria and the Mediterranean. Topics discussed include:

  • The differences between migrants and refugees.
  • Are H-2 visas for unskilled workers the new American slavery?
  • How H-1 visas for skilled workers also prevent economic growth.

Production by Audrey Quinn.

Cathy O'Neil is a former hedge fund quant and blogger at Mathbabe.org.

Felix Salmon is a journalist.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.