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Catalonia (Spain): Catalonian Economy and Tax Office presents profound study on social policies, featuring basic income

(Image: Barcelona, “Queen” of the Mediterranean)   In the Spanish region of Catalonia, serious efforts are being made to reduce poverty and to reduce inequalities. Last week, on the 17th of November, the Catalan Economy and Tax Office presented a thorough study on social policies, which includes the contributions of 30 academics and other experts and technicians.   The document

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SPAIN: XVI Basic Income Symposium at the Faculty of Economics and Business

The XVI Basic Income Symposium at the Faculty of Economics and Business will take place on November 18-19. This event will be held at the Sarriko-Aula Magna, at this Faculty in Bilbao.   Presentations and debates will start at 9 am on Friday (the 18th) and close at 2 pm on Saturday (the19th). The event will start with a debate

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VIDEO: Renta Básica Incondicional: una propuesta racional y justa [Basic Income: a rational and just proposition]

This TEDx talk, at Sant Cugat, Barcelona, features Daniel Raventós, president of the Spanish Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) affiliate and professor at the Economics and Enterprise department of the Barcelona University.   In this short presentation, Raventós defines basic income in a general sense, and addresses the usual arguments against the implementation of this idea. He recalls the predictions

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SPAIN [Basque Country]: Political party Elkarrekin Podemos defends basic income in upcoming elections

Next Sunday, the 25th of September, will be election day in the Basque Country (regional elections). Because of this, political parties have been frantically campaigning over the last few days—including, especially, the Elkarrekin Podemos, which holds basic income in its political program. Party leaders like Maria Pilar Artano and Julen Bollain Urbieta take the basic income proposal very seriously, and

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Dissertation on Basic Income as a Means to Promote Mental Health

Sergi Raventós (Autonomous University of Barcelona) recently completed a doctoral thesis on the topic of basic income and mental health. In the dissertation, Raventós — who also works in a mental health foundation in Barcelona and is a member of the board of the Red Renta Básica — examines empirical evidence concerning the effects of direct cash payments (in India, Namibia, North

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Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark, “We Can’t Afford These Billionaires”

This article scathingly critiques the World Economic Forum’s apparent concern for global inequality, claiming that the elites present at the forum are more concerned with ensuring their own well-being and accepting global inequality as a consequence.  These elites hide from society’s view but play major role in politics and in exacerbating inequality.  The authors believe a universal basic income could

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