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Scott Santens, “Should the Amount of Basic Income Vary With Cost of Living Differences?”

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Scott Santens argues that there are sound economic reasons for introducing a basic income at exactly the same rate throughout the United States rather than taking into account America’s large cost-of-living differences.

Santens, a well-established basic income advocate, puts forward a case against the setting of different basic incomes according to location because, among other things, living in large cities brings with it an opportunity premium over “Small Town USA”. Basic income would grant all residents the free choice to enjoy this opportunity premium or move to a lower-cost area of the country, argues Santens.

He concludes by calling for a universal income set at “the same amount for all citizens, regardless of location, not only for all the economic reasons above, but because in the eyes of government, all citizens should be treated equally.”

Scott Santens, “Should the Amount of Basic Income Vary With Cost of Living Differences? The question of an unequal UBI.” Scottsantens.com, 7 August 2015

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2 comments

  • Khush

    I would say no, part of what will make this work is keeping it simple. There are other ways we can localized cost of living in addition to basic income.

  • Khush

    ^ ….There are other ways we can -address- localized cost of living in addition to basic income.

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