Author Archives: Josh Martin

Noah Kulwin, “Y Combinator Wants to Study Universal Income. Here’s Where It Can Start”

Kulwin writes about Y Combinator’s recent announcement that they are looking to fund basic income research in the United States.  The basic income idea has gained momentum in Silicon Valley recently, and Kulwin lists a number of articles that could provide an introduction to the current state of basic income research. Noah Kulwin, “Y Combinator Wants to Study Universal Income. 

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UNITED STATES: White House Economic Report Discusses Technological Automation

Released in late February, the White House’s Economic Report of the President discusses a number of topics related to the United States economy, including the global macroeconomic situation, the economic benefits of investing in U.S. infrastructure, and technology and innovation.  Within that last category, the report covers declining labor market dynamism and notes, “Both job creation and job destruction as

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ROTTERDAM: ESPANET 2016 Conference on Re-inventing the Welfare State Calls for Abstracts by 18 March

The European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPANET) will host a conference September 1st through the 3rd in Rotterdam titled: Re-inventing the welfare state? Pathways to sustainability, equality and inclusion in European welfare states.  The conference has submitted a call for abstracts with a deadline of 18 March. For more information, click here.

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CANADA: Ontario Commits to Basic Income Pilot in New Budget

In the wake of numerous Canadian groups, including the Canadian Medical Association, espousing support for a basic income, Ontario has taken a definitive step forward in committing to studying the idea further by making a budget commitment to undertake a basic income pilot project.  While basic income support has been rising in Canada over the past few years, this represents a

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FINLAND: University of Tampere Offers Course on Basic Income

Professors Jurgen De Wispelaere and Antti Halmetoja at the University of Tampere in Finland have created a university course titled, “Universal Basic Income: New Avenues in Social Welfare Policy.”  The course will be taught in English and enrollment is open until 29 February with lectures scheduled once a week from 7 March to 16 May. The website for the course

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UNITED STATES: Vermont General Assembly Considers Basic Income Commission

As basic income experiments and pilots continue to garner discussions in countries all around the world, it appears the state of Vermont in the United States is hoping to join the ranks of those interested in conducting further research on the idea. Representative Susan Davis has submitted bill H.689 to the Vermont General Assembly that calls upon Vermont to establish

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Jon Stone, “Scrap benefits system and bring in universal ‘citizens wage’ basic income for everyone, think-tank recommends”

The think-tank RSA has come out in support of giving every British citizen £3,692 a year (£71 a week) as a way to reduce poverty traps caused by the benefit system while also improving fairness. Stone’s article explains the ideological diversity of basic income supporters from the Green party to Milton Friedman, but he also includes some basic income naysayers

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Joseph Brean, “Prospect of minimum income gaining steam as Canada clamours for new ways to manage welfare and benefits”

In 2014, the Liberal party passed Policy Resolution 100, pledging to create a “Basic Annual Income” for Canada. Brean’s article discusses this resolution in context of the Liberal party’s recent electoral success and plans for the current government. By providing thorough context of the basic income movement and support in Canada—from recent publicity in Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and other

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