Economic Fallout From COVID-19 Continues To Hit Lower-Income Americans the Hardest

Half of adults who say they lost a job due to the coronavirus outbreak are still unemployed By: KIM PARKER, RACHEL MINKIN AND JESSE BENNETT. It’s been roughly six months since the coronavirus outbreak sent shockwaves through the U.S. economy. While the labor market has recovered somewhat and early stock market losses have been reversed, many Americans continue to face deep financial hardship. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, overall, one-in-four adults have had trouble paying their bills since the coronavirus outbreak started, a third have dipped into

Income Inequality


The stimulus checks were mostly used for basic everyday expenses

Stimulus Checks Just Enough To Plug A Few Financial Holes Right Now by Christian Weller The federal government sent …


Universal basic income could improve the nation’s mental health

Many people are talking about universal basic income (UBI) these days. Giving everyone a guaranteed income could be the solution to many economic …

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Do markets require redistribution to avoid market failure due to excessive inequality?

Wealth inequality is escalating at an alarming rate not only within the U.S. but also in countries as diverse …

The Great Depression of the 1930s was exacerbated by a series of policy blunders. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

With growth this tepid, is it time to give ‘helicopter money’ a whirl?

Growth is the default setting for modern economies. Humans innovate and improve, find better ways of doing things. Only …

Pilots & Experiments


After universal cash relief, South Korea is showing increasing interest in universal basic income

By Ock Hyun-ju ——- Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung announces a basic income program designed to help residents and …

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High School in New Orleans Begins Paying $200 a month in Basic Income

Could $50 a Week Empower High School Students to Set and Meet Education Goals? This New Orleans School Aims …

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County of Santa Clara Starts First-in-Nation “Universal Basic Income” Program for Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care

County of Santa Clara Starts First-in-Nation “Universal Basic Income” Program for Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care Press …

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Santa Clara County foster youth begin receiving $1,000 a month in basic income

Santa Clara County foster youth begin receiving $1,000 a month By: Katie Lauer Paid rent, a full stomach and …

The Social Debate


A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a stimulus plan to send a 2nd round of $1,200 direct payments and reinstate federal unemployment benefits

By: Joseph Zeballos-Roig. — KEY TAKEAWAYS: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a $1.5 trillion stimulus plan on …

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Guaranteed basic income becomes tops policy priority for Canada’s ruling party at upcoming national convention

Caucus is calling on government to adopt idea for consideration in November By: Joan Bryden. — A guaranteed basic …

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is serving as Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia

Could Russia introduce UBI? Former President Medvedev, now leader of governing United Russia, has just endorsed it.

By: Jonny Tickle. Russia’s largest party may be about to back the launch of a minimum guaranteed income for all …


For many Americans work is something to endure, rather than celebrate

By: Chris Arnade  After spending eight years driving four hundred thousand miles to take 60,000 pictures of working class …

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang speaks to POLITICO after the Democratic Debate on December 19 in Los Angeles, CA. | Stephen Voss for POLITICO

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 …

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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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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Yang dishes on his sadness over losing and excitement for his next big venture

WASHINGTON — Andrew Yang looks at his phone and laughs: “Everyone thinks I’m going to announce for mayor tomorrow.” …

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 …

Success Stories


Universal Basic Income Fixes the Problem of People Not Having Enough Money to Not Be Poor

Give a Buck is Mashable’s deep dive into Universal Basic Income — an idea gaining currency in a time of …

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Interview with Award-Winning Photographer Jessie Golem of ‘Humans of Basic Income’ Fame

I recently had the chance to correspond with award-winning photographer Jessie Golem. Her outstanding and well-renowned photography series “Humans …


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 …

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How UBI Affects People’s Lives: A Compilation of Experiences from Basic Income Recipients

“In my experience, there is no clearer understanding of the concept of unconditional basic income than among those who …

The Basics of UBI

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Why COVID-19 Demonstrates Our Need for a Basic Income

What if we changed the paradigm and system to help those most in need beyond this global emergency? By: …

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Why is a Basic Income Good for the Environment?

By: Nick Humberstone – @NickHGreen — Climate breakdown is still happening. It’s not going to stop unless we do …


UBI pilots are great, but we rarely see any pilots for tax cuts, and the Covid crisis has shown the immediate need for UBI

There is no doubt that the Covid crisis has forced governments to contemplate and implement policies that they would …

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A Genealogy of the Idea of Universal Basic Income

By: Anton Jäger, Daniel Zamora – COULD A GLOBAL PANDEMIC give us a Universal Basic Income? About a year …

Workforce Automation


The robots are here, they’re working in management, and they’re grinding workers into the ground.

In warehouses, call centers, and other sectors, intelligent machines are managing humans, and they’re making work more stressful, grueling, …

Amazon Go Grocery is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and until midnight Friday and Saturday. Suzi Pratt

Inside Amazon’s First Full-Blown Cashierless Supermarket

Is this the future grocery shoppers want? Jeff Bezos sure hopes so. The first ever Amazon Go Grocery — which opens …

“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 …