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Johanna Perkio, “The OECD and the problems of basic income”

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a major international economic body, has issued a policy brief paper questioning the value of basic income. In a blog post for Kela, the Finnish government agency in charge of benefits and the nation’s basic income experiment, Johanna Perkio considers whether the OECD’s analysis of the issue is comprehensive. Perkio is a

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HISTORY of UBI: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 21st Century

Investopedia published an article in May this year, “The Long, Weird History of Basic Income – And Why It’s Back” In this article, written by David Floyd, the history of support of UBI is described from the period of hunter-gatherer societies and how the networks in those societies took care of people who could not provide themselves with a basic standard

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John Russo: “Universal Basic Income: a “social vaccine” for technological displacement?”

In the 1970s and 80s, as tens of thousands of American industrial workers were losing their jobs as corporations moved their factories in search of cheaper labor, economists argued that this was part of a process of “creative destruction” that would ultimately bring new opportunities. In reality, the working class never fully recovered. The same pattern is being repeated today

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Cryptocurrencies and basic income: digitization, financial inclusion and implementation challenges

  Kerry Frank, a consultant in research and analysis for Mondato, has recently written an article discussing the relation between basic income, government institutions and cryptocurrencies. In this article, she argues that progression towards a basic income is only possible with a “comprehensive digitization across the board to manage administration and monitoring costs”. This is required on a global scale,

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Ben Mangan, “Will universal basic income end inequality? Maybe.”

Ben Mangan is the executive director of the Center for Social Leadership (CSSL) at UC Berkeley-Haas business school, as well as a lecturer there. He is also a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute. In a January 2017 article for TED, Mangan notes that universal basic income (UBI) has been seen by many as a solution to a wide range

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FRANCE: The Universal Basic Income proposition from French Presidential Candidate Benoît Hamon, explained

Benoît Hamon. Credit to: L’opinion.   Though Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon did not make it to the second round of the French presidential election, he has attracted attention through his proposal for a version of universal basic income (UBI). An article by the French Economic Observatory (OFCE) explores the way Hamon’s UBI proposal might be implemented into an existing French

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Gwynne Dyer: “Universal Basic Income — could it work?”

In his piece “Universal Basic Income – could it work?”, Gwynne Dyer writes that current populism fails to realize the extent of automation. Promises like “bring the jobs back” and a full-employment economy ignore the extent of automation in technology. Automation of work is expected to increase over the next twenty years and the author believes this change will negatively

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