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Questions tagged [basic-income]

A basic income is regular, unconditional income received equally by all members of a community, usually a nation state.

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Instead of a Universal Basic Income program, why not implement a “Universal Basic Needs” program?

Universal Basic Income is the idea that everyone receives some basic income so that poverty and inequality can be prevented, especially in cases of market failures and automation. Although I like ...
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What do you call it when everyone gets an equal vote on how taxes are spent?

I had an idea and was wondering if there's a term for it or if there might even be groups or research surrounding this policy. The basic idea is that each year citizens of a country would vote for ...
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Why did Friedrich Hayek support Universal Basic Income

Hayek is a staunch free market capitalist, small government - bordering on 'taxation is theft' economist. How did he explain his support for universal basic income?
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Why hasn't there been a stronger push for a job guarantee program, versus UBI?

Universal basic income as a 'fix' for poverty/unemployment seems to get passed around now and again in the west, but doesn't seem to ever have even a remote chance of being implemented outside of ...
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Why did Switzerland's referendum about basic income proponents propose actual amounts?

According to Wikipedia, Switzerland had a referendum on 5th June 2016 that also included the "basic income" topic: By October 2013 more than 130,000 citizens had signed, meaning a referendum on ...
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What are the cons for Universal Basic Income being a solution to automation?

Elon Musk has suggested Universal Basic Income (UBI) is 'the' solution to automation: The agitation that comes along with automation, and possibly the most nerve wracking aspect of it, is the ...
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What kinds of policies are arising as automation dissolves more unskilled jobs?

As kiosks, driverless cars, and other automation takes over: What strategies are on the table to prevent people from going nuts? I've seen talk of "universal basic income" and have even seen ...
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Did any Basic Income Guarantee proposals/models incorporate “live where you can afford” angle?

One possible problem with Basic Income Guarantee proposals/models is that the theoretical goal of "an income you can live on" produces sharply different answers depending on "live on where" nuance of ...
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What is the real cost of unconditional basic income for germany compared to social spending

I would like to know if the idea of a basic income of 1000€ per person each month is more costly than the system we currently have in Germany and how much it would differ presumably. In Germany we ...
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Can providing a basic income to a subset of poor citizens benefit the government politically?

I am looking for empirical evidence that making direct monetary payments to targeted groups of deprived people - say paying all families living in a certain poor district fifty dollars every month, ...
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Will basic income necessarily be a government initiative?

Discussions around a basic income usually presuppose that government will necessarily have to provide this benefit. I am aware of charities such as GiveDirectly who run trials conducting ...
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What are the expected economic ramifications of the Swiss basic income initiative? Has something like this ever been tried before?

The Swiss version of democracy is one of the world's most direct, meaning that the vote of the people is able to make laws rather than just elect representatives. Recently the Swiss people have ...