I Get A Basic Income That’s Changed My Life. Everyone Should Want And Get One.

“No proposed plan for universal basic income has been perfect, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.” Ava Burcham Guest Writer Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race in early February, and with him went his promised “freedom dividend”— universal basic income. Universal basic income is an idea that has spanned centuries, has been proposed in one format or another by public figures ranging from Martin Luther King Jr. to Milton Friedman to Mark Zuckerberg. At its core, the

Income Inequality


Toward a Just Economy: How a Universal Basic Income Can Curb Racial Inequality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org Toward a Just Economy: How a Universal Basic Income …


Feds urged to consider basic income to help ‘gig’ workers

Article originally published June 11, 2019. OTTAWA — A cross-party committee of MPs says it’s time for the government …


The net worth of the average 18-35-year-old in the US has plunged 34% since 1996 to below $8,000 and only 20% are better off now than in ’07

Article originally published on 05/31/19. The net worth of the average 18- to 35-year-old has plummeted 34 percent since …

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OTTAWA — A cross-party committee of MPs says it’s time for the government to take a deeper look at a guaranteed minimum income to help work

Article originally published on June 11, 2019. OTTAWA — A cross-party committee of MPs says it’s time for the …

Pilots & Experiments

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Hull asks to be first UK city to trial universal basic income

Hull wants to become the first UK city to test a weekly universal basic income for its residents after …

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - Former foster youth and Razing the Bar co-founder Dontae Lartigue works, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at his non-profit in San Jose, Calif., helping foster youth with professional development. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Why one Bay Area County Is Exploring Basic Income for Former Foster Youth

When Dontae Lartigue left foster care right before his 19th birthday in 2009, finding housing in Santa Clara County …

Santa Clara County explores universal basic income for youth transitioning out of foster care
Jesse Gary reports

Santa Clara County considers $1,000 monthly payment to youth transitioning out of foster care

Transitioning into adulthood can be an arduous period for many people. But especially so for the young men and …

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Pro footballer Sadio Mane is providing UBI to a poor region of Senegal

Out of the three members of Liverpool’s trident attack, Sadio Mané is probably the most low-key when it comes to …

The Social Debate

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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 …

Planet Money

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



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 …

Andrew Yang

Yang: It's flattering to be considered for any campaign role

Andrew Yang launches nonprofit aimed at making his former campaign’s ideas a reality

Washington (CNN)Nearly a month after ending his long shot Democratic presidential campaign, Andrew Yang launched on Thursday a nonprofit group focused on making …

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks at at the Ideal Social Hall on January 30, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Andrew Yang creates new organization focused on data privacy, UBI, and the future of work

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang today launched Humanity Forward, a nonprofit organization intended to embody the spirit of the …

Andrew Yang greets supporters at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention in Manchester, N.H. (Gretchen Ertl/Reuters)

Andrew Yang launches new nonprofit and ponders a presidential endorsement

Andrew Yang, the businessman and political novice whose long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination became one of the …

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Dozens of accusers emerge after Andrew Yang’s wife reveals sexual assault

(CNN) Emilia Heckman trusted Dr. Robert Hadden. A fashion model in her late 20s, she found herself chatting casually …

Success Stories


A photo update from 5 families receiving a basic income

In 2017, GiveDirectly launched a Universal Basic Income Program. As part of this program, we are running a randomized control …


Andrew Yang puts his universal basic income plan to the test

Chad Sziszak didn’t believe it at first. He got an email from Andrew Yang’s campaign that he would receive …


Mayor Of Stockton, Calif., Discusses Universal Basic Income Program Results

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: What would you do with an extra 500 bucks a month, no strings attached? Well, thanks …


Experiment with basic income in Stockton is demonstrating how people spend it

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 …

The Basics of UBI

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How a VAT could tax the rich and pay for universal basic income

The Congressional Budget Office just projected a series of $1 trillion budget deficits—as far as the eye can see. Narrowing …

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Canada can end poverty and shrink inequality by adding an annual basic income guarantee of $22K, new report says

Canada can afford to eliminate poverty, support the middle class and dramatically shrink the gap between the rich and …

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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 …

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New working paper explores a UBI in NYC and finds it would not lead to housing inflation

Skeptics of guaranteed income tend to worry about the policy’s inflationary effects; absent rent regulation, for instance, one might …

Workforce Automation

“I always say I was the first knowledge worker whose job was threatened by a machine,” says Garry Kasparov of his loss to IBM's Deep Blue in 1997.PHOTOGRAPH: STAN HONDA/GETTY IMAGES

Garry Kasparov mentions the need to build new foundations because of AI, and that maybe it’s UBI

Garry Kasparov is perhaps the greatest chess player in history. For almost two decades after becoming world champion in …

The new report argues for introducing a minimum gig wage and giving employees a greater voice. Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian

Gig economy traps workers in precarious existence, says report

Far from providing flexible jobs for complex modern lives, gig economy companies, such as Uber and Deliveroo, increasingly trap workers in a …

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The case against the flawed argument that automation is nothing to worry about

There are two general philosophical camps when considering the automated future: those who believe it will be a time …


How the Next Decade’s Technological Tsunami Will Change Life as We Know It

This time a decade ago, there was no such thing as an iPad. There were no food delivery meal …