The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath is seeking a post-doctoral research associate for a new programme of microsimulation research on Universal Basic Income (UBI).
The IPR is collaborating on research into UBI with the newly formed Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies by convening a Microsimulation Research Group, consisting of academics and civil society partners with interest and expertise in microsimulation studies of basic income schemes.
The Research Associate will conduct microsimulation research for the group and organise its collaborative activities, under the direction of Prof Nick Pearce, Director of the IPR. Expertise and experience in using microsimulation models such as EUROMOD is essential. The post is offered for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension in due course.
Organizing Committee: Ben Earle (BICN), Walid Herzallah (BICYN), Jason Murphy (USBIG), Eri Noguchi (USBIG), Sheila Regehr (BICN), Stacey Rutland (Income Movement); Monika Viktorova (BICN)
The call for proposals is now closed. Here is what it said:
Theme: Basic Income: Knowledge, Activism, Policy
The program committee is now accepting proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, organizing meetings, and artistic events.
Proposals on any topic involving basic income will be considered, but the organizing committee is particularly interested in papers and other events focused on:
What we have learned from the year of responses to the pandemic and economic crisis
Ways to move from crisis responses (such as one-time cash payments) to permanent policies
Results from basic income and guaranteed income pilot programs in North America and elsewhere
Cross-national comparisons, what people in the US (and elsewhere) can learn from what has been tried in Canada, and vice versa, etc.
Prospects for activism and advocacy at municipal, provincial/state, and federal levels
How basic income intersects with the aims and strategies of other social movements working for racial, social, and environmental justice
The rise of basic income in the cultural sphere
We are looking to bring together researchers, activists, artists, and policy makers to focus their collective expertise, experiences, and energies, to move the vision of a universal guaranteed basic income forward. Now more than ever, we see the need to connect what we have learned and continue to learn from empirical evidence and other research to those who are on the ground advocating and organizing movements, and those in our countries’ capitols setting policy for years to come. Together, we call on you to join the effort to take stock and plan our way forward, as we move from crisis response to building the foundational underpinnings of society for the next generation. Come share your knowledge, your know how, your insights, and your passion, as we harness a burgeoning interest and greater commitment to the need for a basic income guarantee.
We invite proposals in the following formats:
Individual 15 minute presentation with additional Q&A.
In April 2019 Gyeonggi Province in Korea, the area around Seoul, implemented a Youth Basic Income that pays to every 24 year old who is a permanent resident 250,000 won (US $220; £158; €184) every quarter for four quarters. The grants are given in a local currency.
Based on surveys before and after the implementation of the Youth Basic Income, results published at the end of 2019 showed improvements in life satisfaction, in perception of Basic Income, and in work motivation.
The Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies (FRIBIS) is offering six positions for doctoral study.
The closing date is the 28th February.
FRIBIS is an interdisciplinary institute that aims to combine scientific research with political and civil debates as well as political consultation relating to the Universal Basic Income. FRIBIS supports a worldwide network of scientists, political decision-makers and societal actors who have the joint goal of providing answers to the global challenges of our time by means of a Universal Basic Income. Accordingly, all members of the Junior Scientific Group are expected to work through interdisciplinary cooperation. We are specifically looking for applicants from the following disciplines:
• Education • Social Anthropology • Computer Science • Psychology • Theology, especially Caritas Science and the Economics of Carework • Economics
We also encourage the application of people from related disciplines
Further details of the positions can be found here.
Pope Francis has advocated basic income in his new book, Let us Dream: The path to a better future, Simon and Schuster, 2020.
Pope Francis wrote this: “Recognizing the value to society of the work of nonearners is a vital part of our rethinking in the post-Covid world. That’s why I believe it is time to explore concepts like the universal basic income (UBI), also known as ‘the negative income tax’: an unconditional flat payment to all citizens, which could be dispersed through the tax system. The UBI could reshape relations in the labor market, guaranteeing people the dignity of refusing employment terms that trap them in poverty. It would give people the basic security they need, remove the stigma of welfarism, and make it easier to move between jobs as technology-driven labor patterns increasingly demand. Policies like the UBI can also help free people to combine earning wages with giving time to the community.” (pp. 131-132)
Our comment: Pope Francis, and his co-author Austen Ivereigh, show a good understanding of a Basic Income as an unconditional flat payment to all citizens.
(A negative income tax is different: That works like a means-tested benefit, and its administration would be a lot more complicated than that of a Basic Income. It is a negative income tax, and not a Basic Income, that would be administered through the tax system.)
Pope Francis and Austen Ivereigh also show a good grasp of some of the important effects of a Basic Income: that it would provide a secure financial platform on which to build; there would be no stigma attached to it; it would give to workers more power in the employment market; and it would enable people to make new decisions about paid employment, and to do vital work in their communities.
Pope Francis has made a most useful contribution to the Basic Income debate.