Universal Basic Income COVID-19 Digest
The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaping holes in safety nets globally, leaving vulnerable and marginalized populations worse off, and those who were once secure on the verge of falling into poverty. During past economic shocks, governments have scaled up existing cash transfer programs and implemented new support programs to buffer the social and economic impact for individuals and households. Similarly, during this current shock, governments are doing the same, though with increasing calls for the implementation of a basic income-like policy.
As part of the Basic Income Lab’s mission to convene key stakeholders and members of the community around the politics, philosophy and economics of universal basic income, the Lab has put together a “living” digest of tools, research and events from partners, research institutions and think tanks on basic income during this global pandemic. We encourage you to explore the tools.
How are past policy responses to global crises informing the creation of new policies in response to COVID-19? Are the new policies adequate? How are governments across the globe responding to the ever-changing current financial, social and health crises? The policy tools included in this section address some of these questions through 'living papers' on what the social protection responses have been around the world, a set of indicators to measure government responses, and a global repository of policy responses to address COVID-19, among others.VIEW ALL POLICY TOOLS
Social Protection and Jobs Response to COVID-19: A Real-Time Review of Country Measures
‘Living paper’ updated weekly of country-level social protection responses to COVID, including: cash transfers, universal one-off cash, childcare support, cash for work, social pensions, in-kind vouchers, school feeding, and utility and financial obligation support.
PoliMap: A global repository of policy responses to tackle COVID-19
Timeline of county-level responses, including social and economic interventions to mitigate the negative consequences of virus suppression measures
First Policy Response: Canada’s policy community response to COVID-19
A curated summary of articles, opinion pieces, papers and Twitter threads
This section includes analysis and research from policymakers, practitioners, researchers and research institutions on the use of basic income-like policies as a response to COVID-19.VIEW ALL ANALYSES
Guaranteed Income Gains Popularity After COVID-19
Sarah Holder, Bloomberg CityLab
Social Protection Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean - Focus on Social Security and Labor Market
UNICEF: Monica Rubio, Gerardo Escaroz, Anna Machado, Nurth Palomo, Luis Vargas, and Marcelo Cuervo
Social Protection Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean - Focus on Social Assistance
UNICEF: Monica Rubio, Gerardo Escaroz, Anna Machado, Nurth Palomo, and Lucas Sato
This section provides links to past events on the intersection of basic income or related policies and COVID-19. All past events are hosted by partners of the Basic Income Lab, research institutions, policy think tanks or foundations.VIEW ALL EVENTS
Universal Basic Income: Dream or Reality?
International Center for European Formation
Financial Security 2020: A Framework for Recovery and Resilience
1pm EST. Hosted by the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program.
A Critical Lifeline: How One-Time Cash Grants & Financial Coaching Helped People Survive a Summer of Uncertainty
Join SaverLife, Neighborhood Trust, and the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program as we review the findings and discuss how a new vision for household financial resilience will be integral to economic recovery.