Category Archives: Academic Articles

Scotland: The RSA releases a new report, focused on the experimentation and implementation of a basic income in Scotland

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) just published a new report entitled “A Basic Income for Scotland”. The report is organized in four main sections: How the welfare system in the UK – and in Scotland in particular – is failing to reduce poverty and economic insecurity, within its own terms. Presentation of the

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Study Finds Issues with Universal Basic Income for Developing Countries

Picture credit to: Biodiversity & Community Health. Measuring income in developing countries A study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Fall examines cash transfer programs across a range of developing countries and uses household data from Indonesia and Peru to examine the effectiveness of targeted transfer programs in those countries. The study explores the costs and

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Valerija Korošec: “Unconditional Basic Individual Universal Child Grant for Belgium following the Slovenian approach”

Valerija Korošec. Picture credit to: DNEVNIK. Valerija Korošec, a known sociologist and social policy analyst in Slovenia, as well as ex-presidential candidate for that country, has presented a paper entitled “Unconditional Basic Individual Universal Child Grant for Belgium following the Slovenian approach”, at the International Conference on Universal Child Grants, which took place in Geneva from 6th through 8th of

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International Labour Organization: Universal Basic Income proposals in light of ILO standards – Key issues and global costing

Credit Picture: CC(Billy Wilson) The International Labour Organization published a paper investigating Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals in light of ILO standards. With the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation (No. 202) providing relevant guidelines for the discussion on the adoption on UBI, namely: “(i) adequacy and predictability of Universal Basic Income (UBI) benefits to ensure income security, set at least

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When people ask me where online to find empirical research on the effects of Basic Income….

When people ask me where to find empirical research on the effects of Basic Income online, I tend to recommend the following sources, both for the sources themselves and for the many more sources you’ll find in their bibliographies: Karl Widerquist A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments for Researchers, Policymakers, and Citizens, Palgrave Macmillan, December 2018. In case you

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UK: Launch of Research Project on the Economics of Basic Income

Picture Credit to: University of Bath The Institute for Policy Research (IPR), based at the University of Bath, launched a research project on the economics of Basic Income (BI). The project will “examine the economics of Basic Income, including the interaction between technology, output GDP, consumer income and expenditure.” The project has been set up with the collaboration of Geoff

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New Research Dispels Common Myths About Unconditional Cash Transfers

Credit Picture to: The Open University A new paper, “Myth-Busting? Confronting Six Common Perceptions about Unconditional Cash Transfers as a Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa”, based upon evidence collected in eight Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over a decade, presents evidence in favor of Unconditional Cash Transfers (UTCs) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Using experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of large

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The 2019 World Development Report from the World Bank calls for a New Social Contract, and Universal Basic Income Could be Part of It

Photo Credit: CC(Cindy Woods) The last world development report from the World Bank is out. It investigates the changing nature of work and suggests what governments could and should do to address the phenomenon. Among the proposals there is the enhancement of social protection, to a degree disjoining it from formal wage employment, considering Universal Basic Income (UBI) as one of

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Europe: New UBI Research from CESifo

Photo by Stefan Kühn, CC BY-SA 3.0 The CESifo Group of Munich is a European research group that seeks to employ both high-quality economic theory and the methods of an empirical institute. Operating since 1999, CESifo is a collaboration between the Center for Economic Studies (CES), the ifo Institute (“Information and Forschung” or research), and the CESifo GmbH (Munich Society

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