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Has the time finally come for universal basic income?

In the past few weeks, calls for a universal basic income have been louder than ever. Even the US …

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Financial Times Editorial Board Calls for Basic Income to Reverse the Policy Direction of the Last Four Decades

If there is a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that it has injected a sense of …

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Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond

Politicians who represent the interests of capital clearly grasp the point that a UBI would tilt the playing field …

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We need to get money to everyone, and we need to improve how they get it too

To battle the economic crash from the coronavirus pandemic, Congress is sending Americans cash. The deal just hammered out will …

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The $1,200 coronavirus checks, explained

After a week of Congress members and the Trump administration proposing various plans to get cash into the hands of …

The Jeonju city government said about 50,000 economically vulnerable citizens, including unemployed people, will receive an 'anti-disaster basic income' of 527,158 won (US$430) per person, as part of its efforts to overcome the economic fallout from COVID. Korea Times file

City in South Korea begins paying anti-disaster basic income to residents

Jeonju, a southwestern South Korean city, said Friday it will pay half a million won each to about 50,000 …

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President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve: Carpet Bomb the Country with Money

Planet Money: Episode 982 TRANSCRIPT  UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER, BYLINE: This is PLANET MONEY from NPR. JACOB GOLDSTEIN, HOST: Back in …

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51 percent of voters now support $2,000 a month of emergency UBI

The threat of Coronavirus has shocked the world. From the availability of medical supplies to the feeling of safety …

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Democrats’ destructive obsession with means testing

ne of the strangest spectacles in the economic scramble to respond to the coronavirus crisis is that Republicans seem …

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Why more than 500 political figures and academics globally have called for universal basic income in the fight against coronavirus

We, a growing group of now over 500 academics and public figures on all continents, have signed the following …

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Andrew Yang’s thoughts on the Trump Administration’s plan to cut $1,000 checks and how the pandemic is paving the road to UBI

Andrew Yang takes no pleasure in looking prophetical. The tech entrepreneur and former candidate for president, who last month …

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Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang speaks at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum during a campaign event, in Mason City, Iowa
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Andrew Yang: We Need Universal Basic Income to Save the Economy from a Coronavirus Depression

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Yang says he’s spoken with Democratic leaders about a basic income plan to …

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How to Respond to the Coronavirus Economic Emergency

The coronavirus is an economic emergency. But it does not have to become an economic catastrophe. It is very …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demands the government distribute a universal basic income and implement ‘Medicare for all’ to fight the coronavirus

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers are calling for a significantly more robust federal-government response to the coronavirus …

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As coronavirus recession threatens, economists recommend cash for people

The White House is preparing to meet with Wall Street executives to discuss measures to protect the economy from …

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Basic income in case of disaster suggested in South Korea

By Kim Rahn An entrepreneur has called on the government to provide every citizen with 500,000 won ($413) in …

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Congress should send you $1,000—and another $500 for each of your children—as soon as possible because of the coronavirus

Congress should send you $1,000—and another $500 for each of your children—as soon as possible.   Given the mounting …

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In response to COVID-19, Japan is going to start paying parents $80 a day to stay home from work and take care of their kids

Japan’s government says it will pay up to about 80 dollars per person per day to businesses as income …

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Pro-UBI Republican joins the US Senate race in Montana

STEVENSVILLE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) now has some competition for the primary election come June 2. But …

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Hong Kong to provide $1280 stimulus check to all permanent residents over 18

Hong Kong (CNN Business) —Hong Kong is handing most of its residents a pile of cash to spend as …

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Namibia commissions feasibility study to determine if it can implement basic income

The Namibian government has commissioned a feasibility study meant to determine whether the country can introduce a basic income …

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Humanity needs to make some drastic changes

Bad news, Earthlings: It may be possible for everyone on the planet to live a “good” life. It may …

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Universal basic income is gaining ground in some cities

NEWARK, N.J. — Local leaders across the United States are turning to private donors to fund an out-of-the-box policy …

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Is UBI in New York City’s future?

We’re down to single digits. Eight Democratic presidential candidates remain after three dropped out this week: Senator Michael Bennet …

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Push for UBI continues on

Andrew Yang’s bid for the Democratic nomination is over, but supporters of his basic income policy say his campaign …

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Andrew Yang is out – for now

Right up until the end, Andrew Yang held out hope that New Hampshire would give his underdog campaign the jolt it …

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Why universal basic income won’t die with Andrew Yang’s campaign

Andrew Yang, the 45-year-old firebrand of the universal basic income movement, ended his campaign for the American presidency Tuesday …

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Andrew Yang has dropped out of the race for president but UBI is here to stay

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Andrew Yang — the unknown entrepreneur turned Democratic presidential candidate — is ending his presidential …

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NY Congressional Candidate Suraj Patel Running on Basic Income for Kids Under 18

Child poverty shames the United States. The richest country in the world counts one in five of its children …

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Child Poverty is a Moral Tragedy

Nearly 1 in 5 American children is officially poor. That’s roughly 15 million kids. But the number living with …

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Did I Just Get Yanged?

It was New Year’s Eve, and I had decided to spend it with Andrew Yang. A self-described “Asian man …

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Ireland Green Party manifesto features universal basic income

A universal basic income, free public transport for students and light rail systems for Cork and Galway are amongst the promises …

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Dave Chappelle shows support for Andrew Yang and universal basic income

AMES, Ia. — Dave Chappelle said in Iowa Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is the first presidential candidate …

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“We’re riding a century-old measurement off a cliff”

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says the main way of measuring economic growth — known as gross domestic product …

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Candidate for Canada’s Conservative Party leadership has declared his support for a basic income guarantee

OTTAWA — When it comes to potential candidates for Conservative leadership, Bryan Brulotte isn’t exactly an outsider. He’s been …

Since the late 1990s, Australia has paid private companies and non-profits to run 1,800 job centres tasked with getting people into work. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

An inside look at Australia’s work-for-welfare system from three caseworkers

About 400,000 unemployed Australians are obliged to engage with Jobactive, the government’s main employment services program, in order to …

Alvin Tedjo, former Liberal candidate for the provincial riding of Oakville North-Burlington and Liberal leadership candidate, argues basic income is the best way to fight poverty and promises to return it to Ontario if he becomes premier. - Graham Paine , Torstar

Ontario’s Alvin Tedjo states that if he were premier, he would implement a basic income guarantee state-wide

In 2017, the proposed Ontario Basic Income Pilot (“OBIP”) gave hope to communities that have struggled with rising unemployment …

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Germany just guaranteed unemployed citizens around $330 per month indefinitely. The policy is a step closer to basic income.

For about 15 years, Germany offered a social assistance benefit that was widely considered the opposite of basic income. …

India’s Former Chief Economic Adviser Recommends UBI to Boost Consumption

Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Friday said there is no space for expansionary fiscal policy and opined …

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Mitt Romney and Michael Bennet just unveiled a basic income plan for kids

On Sunday, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced a bipartisan plan to do something pretty extraordinary: …

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The great Indian basic income debate

Basic income is becoming a real and tangible policy consideration in India. In the past decade, many prominent Indian …

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Where are the 2020 democratic candidates on Universal Basic Income?

I am a volunteer soccer coach for underprivileged kids in the impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Every morning …

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Stay-at-Home Parents Work Hard. Should They Be Paid?

It’s not uncommon in the United States for two parents to spend long hours working hard — but the …

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New food insecurity research says it’s black and white and not pretty

Many of us working in food security recognize that a large portion of the folks who engage with our …

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Universal Basic Income Gains Momentum Beyond Yang at Fourth Debate as Gabbard and Castro Add Their Support

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang promoted his signature campaign promise of a $1,000 “Freedom Dividend” for all Americans during Tuesday’s …

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Opinion: What is missing from the UBI debate is the perspective of the poor

In this piece for the Dissident Voice, Andrew Johnson argues that people claiming UBI creates a disincentive to work …

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Universal Benefits: More Liberal and More Efficient than Employer Benefits

Early liberals focused on dismantling de jure social hierarchies and mercantilist policies, but the onset of the Industrial Revolution …

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Gallup survey of 10,000 adults shows three-quarters of the UK and Canada now support UBI and almost half in the US

STORY HIGHLIGHTS 43% of Americans support a universal basic income program 77% of U.K. adults and 75% of Canadians …

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Support for UBI in the US has grown from 43% to 49% in the past seven months according to new HarrisX poll

Support for universal basic income (UBI) is on the rise, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday. …

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Four parties took the stage in Manitoba to debate disability issues and all but one pitched some form of basic income

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives wouldn’t commit to a guaranteed basic income for people living with disabilities like their political opponents …

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The Complicated Politics of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend

What if we just give people money? This is the question propelling several new books and that’s been taken …

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 3: Entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang exits the stage after speaking at the National Action Network's annual convention, April 3, 2019 in New York City. A dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will speak at the organization's convention this week. Founded by Rev. Al Sharpton in 1991, the National Action Network is one of the most influential African American organizations dedicated to civil rights in America. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Is Andrew Yang being unfairly ignored?

(CNN) Quick. Tell me the six highest-polling Democrats in the 2020 Democratic race. The first few are easy: Joe …

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Basic Income March planned on October 26 in New York City with satellite marches in Berlin and Amsterdam

On October 26th, 2019, people will be taking to the streets in New York City, Berlin, and Amsterdam to …

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Why everyone deserves a right to recreation

What is it about Americans that makes us so afraid of admitting that people ought to have free time …

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The Feminist Case for Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend

Andrew Yang may well be the most feminist candidate running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, although it might …

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Andrew Yang responds to Bernie Sanders’ dismissal of universal basic income

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Tuesday fired back at Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) after the senator criticized him for …

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Opinion: Musicians Should Support Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income has been a term bandied about in the news and across the internet in the last …

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75 Years After Bretton Woods, Women Are Beginning to Win the Fight for Better Economic Indicators Than GDP

It’s time to talk about women’s economics with attitude. It’s time to laugh at what is often absurd and …

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Opinion: Central Banks Should Consider Creating Money for Everyone

In this opinion piece for the Financial Times, Eric Lonergan says that one potential solution central banks around the …

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Universal Basic Income could break the cycle of violence

Whenever someone tells me if “poor” people had more money, we could stop the killings, I want to scream. …

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Elon Musk: ‘I support Yang’ and universal basic income is ‘obviously needed’

• Elon Musk has endorsed serial entrepreneur Andrew Yang’s run for Democratic presidential candidate, mostly based on the latter’s …

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Universal Basic Income could be a powerful way to recognize and enable civic engagement

“We’re seeing voter turnout decline across developed nations, in some of them really quite rapidly, says Daniel Park, who …

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Fifty Years Later, Reflecting on the Defeat of Nixon’s Family Assistance Plan

Guest Editorial by Almaz Zelleke, Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science, NYU Shanghai Fifty years ago, on August …

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The Second Round of Democratic debates demonstrated that change isn’t just coming: It’s here

The Democratic debates this week demonstrated that change isn’t just coming: It’s here. To watch Elizabeth Warren and Bernie …

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Opinion: How Unconditional Basic Income Could Benefit the Vegan Movement

Here vegan activist Megan Barker makes the case that the lack of unconditional basic income (UBI) is an obstacle …

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Opinion: Universal Basic Income is Superior to a $15 Minimum Wage

In this piece, author Jessica Flanigan makes the case that UBI is a better solution than raising the minimum …

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Basic Income March planned for September 21, 2019 in New York City

New Yorkers are organizing a march for Basic Income. Everyone who can get there is invited to join. The …

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America is failing at providing economic dignity, and universal basic income is perhaps one policy that can change that

For years, the government of Bhutan has enshrined gross national happiness as its guiding light. Though national leaders had …

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Higher taxes on the wealthy and on business should be introduced to fund universal basic income and other measures to combat poverty

Up to €3 billion a year in higher taxes on the wealthy and on business should be introduced to …

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Editorial: Andrew Yang makes U.S. history by introducing the idea of universal basic income onto the national debate stage

On June 27, history was made when during the second night of the first U.S. Presidential debate for the …

Want to Help Gary, Indiana? Why Not Just Give Them Money?

The Tribune’s coverage of suspected serial killer Darren Deon Vann is accompanied by dramatic photos—not of blood and gore, …

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Student Debt Is Stopping U.S. Millennials from Becoming Entrepreneurs

Article originally published April 26, 2019. Up to 60% of millenials (soon to be the largest living adult generation) …

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduces new bill that’s very close to being a universal basic income proposal

This article was orginally published on June, 6 2019. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has released a plan to spend …

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An Anarchist Case for UBI

There’s a common misconception that the idea of universal basic income is an example of bigger government, but as …

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Why a governmental inquiry into endemic violence against women recommends a basic income for all Canadians as a call for justice

Article originally published on 6/11/2019. Cee-Jai got used to violence when she was young, first witnessing it when she …

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The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less

Article originally published on May 29 2019. In 1972, a team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, a …

A Carbon Dividend Is Better than a Carbon Tax

Mark Paul and Anthony Underwood make the case that the revenue from carbon taxation needs to be returned as …

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With artificial intelligence looming, debate over ‘basic income’ heats up

When Canadian researchers Evelyn Forget and Marni Brownell speak at Stanford University next Tuesday, May 21, they’ll be wading …

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New research suggests the EITC isn’t very effective at encouraging the poor to enter the labor force.

The earned income tax credit is the leading example of smart centrist policy. In the 1980s and early 1990s, …

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Feminist Theory, Gender Inequity, and Basic Income

Almaz Zelleke is Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai and the Co-Area Leader for its …

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Meet the doctor who prescribes money to low-income patients

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The Future of the Labor Movement Rests on the Achievement of Unconditional Basic Income

Today is May Day and International Workers Day and Labour Day, and beyond recognizing the past victories of the …

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Why a conservative Alaskan Governor promotes a Universal Basic Income

In this opinion piece for The Alaska Landmine, guest contributor RJ makes the case that the new governor of …

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As an artist, a Basic Income would transform my life

Scottish artist Jenny Lupton details the difficulties she finds trying to sustain a living through her art and passion, …

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‘I’m not a UBI guy’: Paul Krugman says money could be better spent on more targeted programs

Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman says he is “not a UBI guy.” He says universal basic income is not politically …

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Everyone’s Talking About Basic Income. Here Are 8 Problems It Could Fix

Standing is a professorial research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and …

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Universal Basic Income: 170K Young Koreans Will Get $883 to Spend Locally

A radical new scheme plans to give 24-year-olds in one South Korean province a universal basic income with hardly …

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Andrew Yang: We’re undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history

To view a short video of Andrew Yang, click here. “We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our …

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Getting rid of debt may actually make your brain work better

A new study has a whole different take on what debt relief means. Getting rid of debt doesn’t just …

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Green New Deal: universal basic income could make green transition feasible

Within ten years, the US will phase out fossil fuels and source its energy from 100% renewable sources. That’s …

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Universal basic income ‘would cost less than value of benefit cuts since 2010’.

Introducing a weakly universal basic income(UBI) for everyone in Britain would have a net cost worth less than the …

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Can a Canna-Basic Income Work in Maryland?

We have seen cannabis revenues fill state coffers for a variety of purposes, such as education and school construction …

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$1,000 monthly in universal basic income gets put to a test

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is putting his money where his mouth is: He’s giving families $1,000 a month …

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Plan to pay 1,000 residents $1,000 a month—no strings attached.

Each month, 1,000 struggling Chicagoans would get $1,000, no strings attached, to help break the cycle of poverty, under …

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13 million people in poverty are disconnected from the social safety net. Most of them are white.

More than a quarter of the people living in poverty in the United States receive no help from food …

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What Money Can Buy

The idea that a country should provide its citizens with an infusion of cash on a regular basis has …

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Three reasons for universal basic income

From Mongolia to Finland to India, we are seeing heightened interest in the idea of a universal basic income …