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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

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.

Coming soon: a map of UBI research

Currently in development, this interactive network visualization will be the first visual platform for exploring existing normative and empirical research on Basic Income.

Recent News

Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC): This Working Life Podcast

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(Juliana Bidadanure, beginning at 7:30 minutes) - The year is 2050- the world's population is nearing the 10 billion mark, artificial intelligence is integral to many of the jobs …

Palo Alto Daily

With artificial intelligence looming, debate over 'basic income' heats up

Basic Income Lab faculty director, Juliana Bidadanure, speaks to the Palo Alto Daily about whether universal basic income could bring an end to poverty. This article examines the …