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International: Basic Income supportive economists are awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics

Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee. Picture credit: dailyO Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer were awarded the Economics Nobel Prize this year. That alone would not represent a huge novelty, given the standard these professionals and scholars have set in the last few years. However, in an article as far back as June 2016, Banerjee had already defended the

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Canada: Political candidates in Thunder Bay discuss Basic Income

Basic Income seems to be a hot issue to debate at the local elections run in Thunder Bay (Ontario, Canada). Ever since the cancellation of the Ontario basic income pilot project, by the Doug Administration, discussions over basic income type of policies have been growing in number and intensity. Thunder Bay was one of the localities over which the pilot

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Canada: Green Party is more inclined to creating jobs rather than financing a basic income

Elisabeth May. Picture credit to: Mission City Record.   Elisabeth May, Canada’s Green Party leader has spoken about a “robot tax” which, according to the party’s Platform, focuses on large companies (exempting slam businesses) laying off employees due to investments in artificial intelligence (AI). In this scheme, these companies would pay the equivalent amount of income tax which would be

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Estonia: Governmental officials are convinced basic income is not even worth a feasibility study

The Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)   As reported before, an Estonian collective of basic income activists, led by Jaanus Nurmoja, delivered a petition to the Social Affairs Committee (SAC) of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), calling for the investigation of a universal basic income (UBI) implementation in Estonia, on March 29th 2019. Five months later – three months passed from the excepted

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The documentary “UBI, our right to live” is now available on YouTube

Credit Picture CC (Generation Grundeinkommen, Stefan Bohrer) The film, directed by Alvaro Orùs, is now available on Pressenza’s youtube channel. The 41 minutes long documentary focuses on Universal Basic Income (UBI), retracing its history, explaining its rationale, and investigating why and how the idea has reached a much larger audience and unprecedented support in the last years. It does so

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Exporting the Alaska Model: An early version now available for free download

An early version of the book, Exporting the Alaska Model, is available for download for the first time. This is possible because most academic publishers allow authors and editors to post early versions of their works on their person websites. A preview, written in 2012, is below. If you’d like to cite or quote it, please refer to the published

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United States: Air Force Veteran talks about his experience with basic income

A United States Air Force Veteran (1) is getting 1300 US$/month. He has been receiving this money from the Veteran Administration (VA) for almost three years. The transfer is unconditional, and is for life so, in a sense, it is like a basic income (as in defined at the Basic Income Earth Network). It is not universal, of course, since

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Call for Papers: The Politics of Universal Basic Incomes

27th International Conference of Europeanists – Council for European Studies Reykjavik, Iceland, June 22-24, 2020 This Call for Papers is interested in empirical studies that look at the social and political processes surrounding UBIs discussions, including pilot test and experiment designs and implementations, either at the local, national or supranational level, in Europe and elsewhere. Examples of questions that are

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Global March for UBI

A Global March for Universal Basic Income is setup to happen on the 26th of October 2019. Currently, ten cities in four countries are organizing a march on that date: United States: New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Salt Lake Cityon, Honolulu, Orlando Germany: Berlin Netherlands: Amsterdam Ghana: Kumbungu Canada: Toronto Marches will include speaking venues, in the case of

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