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About the Lab

The Stanford Basic Income Lab was established in February 2017 to provide an academic home to the study and development of UBI, stimulate research, advise those developing policies and carrying out experiments, aggregate and disseminate research findings, and convene scholars, policy makers, and leaders in business, think tanks, nonprofits, and foundations around the politics of UBI.

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What is Basic Income?

Excerpted from Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)...

  • Periodic: it is paid at regular intervals (for example every month), not as a one-off grant.
  • Cash payment: it is paid in an appropriate medium of exchange, allowing those who receive it to decide what they spend it on. It is not, therefore, paid either in kind (such as food or services) or in vouchers dedicated to a specific use.
  • Individual: it is paid on an individual basis—and not, for instance, to households.
  • Universal: it is paid to all, without means test.
  • Unconditional: it is paid without a requirement to work or to demonstrate willingness-to-work.

A Letter from the Director

We are excited to assemble scholars and students across Stanford University in the task of advising those developing UBI policies, conducting experiments, disseminating research findings, and convening key players around the politics of UBI.

Thanks for joining our mailing list and following our efforts!

Juliana Bidadanure

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