Chris Blattman

A must-see video on immigration that will make you laugh, cry, cry-laugh, and think

People occasionally email me articles or videos that might interest me. I love getting these. As sales pitches go, however, an email labeled “Comedy Talk on Integration” is not an obvious win. “This is a comedy talk I gave based of the work of Michael Clemens, Lant Pritchett, and others.” wrote Steve Gerben.

I love Michael and Lant, but that’s not exactly clickbait.

But I happened to be at the gym, bored with a podcast, and trying to find something to keep me on the treadmill more than five minutes. “Raw material to tease Michael about a fanboy” seemed like a good investment. So I gave the video a try.

Brilliant. Steve Gerben is a talented man. I want him to teach my class, or start a MOOC. I want him to teach me how to teach like this. Watch it. And send it to your Republican relatives and Facebook friends.

36 Responses

  1. Also, while immigration is good for immigrants, immigration is a dreadful global anti-poverty measure, not least because Western countries tend to take those with education and initiative.

  2. Totally pedantic point: 4.3% of the minimum wage for a full time year round worker today is ~$600, not $45.

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