UBI vs. Negative Income Tax

UBI vs. Negative Income Tax

An NIT sounds very different from a UBI because, well, it sounds like a tax, not a benefit! But as we’ll see, in most circumstances, the two are mathematically equivalent.

How Basic Income Will Impact Rent

How Basic Income Will Impact Rent

One fear about Universal Basic Income (UBI) is that it could cause rents to increase, partially or entirely diverting the benefit of UBI to landlords.

The circle of obligation and the mandatory-participation “social contract” (Mandatory Participation on Trial, Part 12)

The circle of obligation and the mandatory-participation “social contract” (Mandatory Participation on Trial, Part 12)

Many people have imagined a workers’ revolution that cuts out property owners and establishes a true circle-of-obligation. As always, let me see the plan. Maybe it solves some of the problems I’ve mentioned, but no plan solves the insider-outsider problems inherent in politics. Wishful thinking about everyone becoming better people after the revolution won’t make the self-serving bias of people in power go away.

Universal basic dividend as a form of welfare

Universal basic dividend as a form of welfare

Universal basic dividend (UBD) is a mechanism by which each member of a given society receives a regular payment, with no or very limited conditionality, typically based on recognising the value of common resources, or of public investment in the capitalist economy. This post explores the potential benefits and limitations of this idea, summarising the policy brief recently published by the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Opinion: Why UBI?

This is a list of some arguments in support of UBI that I’ve most frequently come across during my years of following the UBI discussion.

Visualizing UBI Research

New tool from Stanford compiles extensive research and shows the connections between UBI and a variety of social issues. The UBI Research Visualization bolsters basic

Social Security for All?

The pandemic has exposed the systemic failures of America’s inadequate welfare state. It’s time to start over. By: MIMI ABRAMOVITZ, DEEPAK BHARGAVA The economic crisis that

Universal Basic Income and Mental Health

What the history of social psychiatry tells us about preventing mental illness. By: Matthew Smith Ph.D. Essentially, there are four main social psychiatry research projects

Becoming America

America has a critical flaw. We know how to fix it. It’s the policy that makes our shared dream possible. And it’s not left or

The Fall and Rise of the Basic Income Movement

Forty years ago today—February 7, 1980—was a small milestone for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement: Milton and Rose Friedman dedicated an episode of their television show to a

The Decade of Universal Basic Income

One thing to celebrate from the 21st-century “teens” – the rise of universal basic income (UBI). We’ve started a new decade, but you could be

UBI is Social Security for the 21st Century

It’s based on the dividends that accrue to Americans because of their everyday contributions as workers, consumers, caregivers and volunteers: Opposing view “Universal basic income”

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