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What We Do

Convene key stakeholders and members of the community around the politics, philosophy and economics of UBI

Provide an academic home for research on UBI

Gather information from experimenters on the challenges faced in establishing UBI pilots and develop recommendations

What We Do

Convene key stakeholders and members of the community around the politics, philosophy and economics of UBI

Provide an academic home for research on UBI

Gather information from experimenters on the challenges faced in establishing UBI pilots and develop recommendations

Visualizing UBI Research

Explore our new tool which compiles extensive research and shows the connections between UBI and a variety of social issues.

What is Basic Income?

Some defining characteristics are:

Periodic

It is a recurrent payment (for example every month), rather than a one-off grant.

Cash payment

It is paid in cash, allowing the recipients to convert their benefits into whatever they may like.

Universal

It is paid to all, and not targeted to a specific population.

Individual

It is paid on an individual basis (versus household-based).

Unconditional

It involves no work requirement or sanctions; it is accessible to those in work and out of work, voluntarily or not.

NEW: Map of Basic Income Experiments

Learn about experiments throughout the world, and compare across a range of designs and features.

Universal Basic Income COVID-19 Digest

View our “living” digest of tools, research and events on basic income during the global pandemic.

Recent Updates

Can people with vastly different political beliefs support a Universal Basic Income?

Olga Lenczewska, a fellow with the Stanford Basic Income Lab and 5th PhD student at Stanford looks at a how universal basic income (UBI) has a rare potential to gather supporters …

Video: Visualizing UBI Research

The Lab invites you to take a more indepth look at the creation of the research visualization and to consider some of the areas for future research! Enjoy!