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Yang's UBI Plan: Does it Differ From Charles Murray's?

Noted social scientist Charles Murray has long advocated for a UBI based upon a much earlier version proposed by noted supply-sider Milton Friedman of the Chicago-based economists. The noted ...
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Why is there no “tax relief program” (for real estate property in many US states) for the poor like they have for the people over 65?

The fact that we help the poor and homeless with shelter, foodstamps.. etc, but at the same time we take away the (paid off) houses owned by people who live on an equally poor budget (under the ...
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Generosity in the World Happiness Score [closed]

One factor in the World Happiness Score is generosity. I have trouble to understand, what this actually means and how it enters into the score. These are my specific questions: Does "generosity" ...
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What percentage of asylum seekers who entered the EU during the 2015 refugee crisis are no longer receiving welfare?

At the height of the 2015 refugee crisis in Europe there have been numerous arguments over the economic utility of arriving asylum seekers. On one hand of the spectrum, representatives of the left ...
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Where can I find a scatter plot of welfare spending vs. immigrant rate?

Where can I find a scatter plot of welfare spending (per capita, % of spending, or % of GDP) vs. immigrant rate (per capita, or % of population)? By state or by country would be fine. I tried to ...
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People receiving federal assistance in the US

I'm trying to resolve a tension between two claims about people receiving various forms of federal assistance in the US. I'll illustrate the claims with a couple of links: On the one hand, it appears ...
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Why aren't people on Medicaid in the US punished for poor health habits?

With my insurance, I have to pay extra because I smoke. However in my line of work I see people who are on Medicaid and don't pay a dime for their coverage are constantly abusing drugs, but they are ...
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Why did Labour abstain rather than oppose the Welfare Bill from the conservative government?

In the United Kingdom, a government welfare bill was supported by the Conservative party, opposed by the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, and others, while the Labour Party, forming the ...
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Happiness Index

I found that Buthan created the Gross National Happiness Index in order to evalue the happiness of their citizens and compare that with other countries. I pressume the intention of that was to do some ...
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What was the rationale behind cutting SNAP payments? when will it increase again?

SNAP decreased quite a bit nation wide. What was the rational behind cutting it? When will it increase again? What is the forecasted funding for the next 5 years of SNAP?
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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 ...
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What is the purpose of farm subsidies today?

Roughly every five years, Congress debates and eventually passes an agriculture (i.e., farm) bill. The first farm bill, as I understand it, was passed during the Great Depression as a means of ...
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What is the purpose of food stamps, WIC, SNAP, and other related federal programs?

It seems to me that one of the necessary functions required by every organism in order to survive, is to have the means of providing food for itself and its offspring. What was the initial reasoning ...