Author Archives: Ashley Blackwell

United States: Hawai‘i to study Universal Basic Income and impact of job automation on social safety net

Representative Chris Lee. Credit to: Office of Representative Chris Lee   In the face of growing economic inequality and projections of increased disparities in the coming decades, Hawai‘i has passed a resolution to establish a Basic Economic Security Working Group. The working group will investigate the impact job automation will have on the residents of Hawai‘i and its social safety

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Roosevelt Institute finds that giving cash directly to people improves quality of life

Ioana Marinescu. Credit to: Harris School of Pubic Policy.   The Roosevelt Institute finds positive overall quality of life outcomes from giving cash directly to individuals. By studying three programs that share different components of a universal basic income, University of Chicago Professor Ioana Marinescu is able to shed light on empirical evidence showing improvements in consumption, health, education, among other

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Bill Gates Addresses UBI on Reddit AMA

Bill Gates. Credit to: The Huffington Post On a recent Reddit AMA, Bill Gates says countries aren’t rich enough to support a Universal Basic Income (UBI). In the meantime, Gates suggests investing in government programs and increasing the demand of labor.     Bill Gates posted his fifth Reddit AMA on Monday, February 27th, 2017. He responded to questions on

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