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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

National League of Cities

UBI Cities Toolkit Launch

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Stanford Basic Income Lab (BIL) released the first-ever definitive guide for piloting universal basic income (UBI) in cities. The …

Stanford News

Stanford Lab Explores Universal Basic Income

Stanford philosopher Juliana Bidadanure is leading an initiative focused on fostering discussions about universal basic income and analyzing previous and ongoing unconditional cash …