What can be learned from Australia’s natural experiment with basic income during COVID-19?

What can be learned from Australia’s natural experiment with basic income during COVID-19?

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Abstract:

“The COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread social and economic policy experimentation as governments sought to protect household finances while locking down economies. Cash transfers emerged as one of the most popular policy measures, leading many to reflect on new possibilities for enacting universal basic income through temporary or emergency interventions. We take Australia’s pandemic response, and particularly its Coronavirus Supplement, as an example of this broader experimentation. We analyse the Supplement through the lens of an emergency basic income, arguing the measure reflected existing institutional structures and norms, forms of national and international policy learning, and vulnerabilities in Australia’s liberalized housing and labour markets. While temporary, we consider how its apparent success might suggest ongoing policy relevance, either as a form of capitalist “crisis management” or as an alternative pathway for implementing forms of basic income.”

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An article to better inform the debate about the amount of UBI

An article to better inform the debate about the amount of UBI

Because Elon Musk has decided to start talking about a concept he refers to as “universal high income” as being different and seemingly better than universal basic income, I feel the need to set the record straight here.

Simply put, universal high income is a universal basic income that is high enough to be considered “high.” Universal basic income is not a low universal income.

As defined by the Basic Income Earth Network, the international organization founded in 1986 to foster informed discussion around the world about the topic of basic income, the current definition of basic income is “a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement.”

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Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

This is to announce the fourth in a special series of discussions dedicated to reflecting on what we can learn from the Irish Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme, as it unfolds.
The Government of Ireland is running a Basic Income pilot that began in September 2022. 2000 artists and cultural workers will receive a weekly unconditional income of €325 weekly for a period of three years. This fourth session will be an opportunity to check-in with some of the artists involved in the pilot scheme and learn from them about how it is affecting them and their creative communities.

To learn more and access the links for this fourth discussion and recordings of the previous three, click here.

We’ll need universal basic income – AI ‘godfather’

We’ll need universal basic income – AI ‘godfather’

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“The computer scientist regarded as the “godfather of artificial intelligence” says the government will have to establish a universal basic income to deal with the impact of AI on inequality.

Professor Geoffrey Hinton told BBC Newsnight that a benefits reform giving fixed amounts of cash to every citizen would be needed because he was ‘very worried about AI taking lots of mundane jobs’.”

To read the article by Faisal Islam, click here.

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Jurgen De Wispelaere and Francesca Bastagli will explore the implications of Emergency Basic Income (EBI) for social protection systems and its relationship to Universal Basic Income (UBI). They will examine whether EBI can be integrated into existing programs, overcome barriers, and fuel changes towards more generous policies, while also discussing the divided opinions on whether EBI is an opportunity or a distraction for the future development of UBI.

Title: Emergency Basic Income: Distraction or Opportunity?

Date: 16th of May, 4:00 pm (UK time)

Location: Zoom (Click here to join the meeting)

11 U.S. states with guaranteed basic-income programs

11 U.S. states with guaranteed basic-income programs

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Note: These pilot programs do not meet BIEN’s definition of basic income.

“Ingrid Sullivan, 48, used her cash from the San Antonio guaranteed basic-income program to rent a home where her grandchildren can play in the yard. And Monique Gonzalez, 41, moved herself and her family out of a San Antonio motel.

A Denver resident, Jarun Laws, 51, used his basic income to pay his rent and buy food.

“My life was always just a couple hundred dollars short,” Sullivan told Business Insider. “For the first time, I can breathe.”

Guaranteed basic income has become an increasingly popular poverty-solution strategy in US cities. Over 50 municipalities have tried the GBI model since 2019, offering low-income participants between $100 and $1,000 a month, no strings attached, for a set time period.

To read the full article in Business Insider, click here.