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.
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
The COVID‐19 pandemic: Time for a universal basic income?
Public Administration and Development: Andrew Johnson and Katherine Roberto
Universal basic income helped Kenyans weather COVID-19 - but it’s not a silver bullet
Tavneet Suri, Associate Professor, Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management
Social Protection Response to COVID-19
Podcast featuring Ugo Gentilini, Francesca Bastagli, and Keetie Roelen.
Covid-19 has made a basic income system an economic imperative
Guy Standing, founding member of the Basic Income Earth Network
Effects of a Universal Basic Income during the pandemic
Abhijit Banerjee, Michael Faye, Alan Krueger, Paul Niehaus, and Tavneet Suri.
Protecting families from the economic impact of COVID-19
UNICEF, Enkhzul Altangerel.
Can Cash Transfers to Digital Wallets Be a Lifeline During the Pandemic?
FinDev Gateway, Moonmoon Shehrin, BRAC.
What have we learned after six months of tracking covid-19 funding? We don’t just need more money, we need a different approach
Centre for Disaster Protection. Ruth Hill, Dillan Patel and Michèle Plichta.
Payments and the Pandemic
Loretta J. Mester; Keynote Session, 20th Anniversary Chicago Payments Symposium – Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Social Protection as a Key Tool in Crisis Management: Learnt Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nature Public Health Emergency Collection. Hamidou Taffa Abdoul-Azize and Rehab El Gamil
Universal Basic Income as a Policy Response to COVID-19 and Precarious Employment: Potential Impacts on Rehabilitation and Return-to-Work
Christian Ståhl & Ellen MacEachen, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.
Using Cash Payments to Reduce Poverty
Gregory Acs and Ilham Dehry, Urban Institute
What's Next? Envisioning An Equitable Economy Post Covid-19 With Mia Birdsong
Morgan Smith, Forbes “What’s Next” Series
Is the pandemic finally the moment for a universal basic income?
Brooks Rainwater with the National League of Cities and Clay Dillow, consultant (appearing in Fast Company)
Ensuring Women's Access to Cash Transfers in the Wake of COVID-19
Center for Global Development: Shelby Bourgault and Megan O’Donnell
Despite the suspension of conditionality, benefit claimants are already looking for work
Daniel Edmiston, Ben Baumberg Geiger, Lisa Scullion, Jo Ingold and Kate Summers with London School of Economics
How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Transform CERB into a basic annual income program
Gregory C Mason, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Manitoba
Claiming but Connected to Work
University of Salford Manchester
Beyond Universal Basic Income: The Case for an Income Guarantee
Christine Berry in IPPR Progressive Review, Summer 2020.
How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Opening the Door to Universal Social Policies in the U.S.
Catherine Thomas is an interdisciplinary graduate fellow, David Kalkstein is a postdoctoral scholar, and Gregory Walton is an associate professor, all in the psychology department at Stanford University
Universal Child Benefits
Francesca Bastagli (ODI), and David Stewart and Ian Orton (UNICEF)
Why has the COVID-19 pandemic increased support for Universal Basic Income?
Daniel Nettle, Elliott Johnson, Matthew Johnson, and Rebecca Saxe.
Addressing the COVID-19 economic crisis in Asia through social protection
Stephen Kidd, Diloá Athias and Anh Tran, UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Economist Network
The Corona Crisis as an Opportunity for the Unconditional Basic Income
Prof. B. Neumärker of the Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies
How Social Service Agencies Can Leverage Behavioral Science as Services Go Virtual
Matthew Gerken of the Urban Institute on Poverty, Vulnerability and the Safety Net
The Social Challenges in Times of COVID-19
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Proposes Moving Towards a Basic Income to Help the Most Vulnerable Population Overcome the Coronavirus’s Effects
Could Covid-19 be the push that Europe needs for unconditional basic income?
Genevieve Shanahan and Mark Smith, Grenoble École de Management (GEM)
Are we ready yet? The need for a new national direction
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly
Helicoptering Money Into Europe
Brunello Rosa, CEO and Head of Research at Rosa & Roubini Associates
In crisis, Europeans support radical positions: Climate change and social welfare issues most salient
Timothy Garton Ash and Antonia Zimmerman, eupinions. Link to the full survey results here.
Social transfers stabilise aggregate demand
Markus Loewe is a senior researcher at the Bonn-based German development Institute.
Coronavirus shows key workers need better pay and protection - here’s what has to change
Patrician Harrison and Helen Collins, Liverpool John Moores University
Why Americans need a guaranteed income
Chris Hughes, Economic Security Project
Evaluation of a recovery basic income, and of a sustainable revenue citizen’s basic income, with an appendix relating to different universal credit roll-out scenarios
Malcolm Torry, EUROMOD
Why Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Is Critical to the COVID-19 Response in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Melissa Hidrobo, Neha Kumar, Tia Palermo, Amber Peterman and Shalini Roy of the Center for Global Development
Why South Africa needs to ensure income security beyond the pandemic
Hannah J. Dawson, University of Witwatersrand and Elizaveta Fouksman, University of Oxford
Social solidarity requires a universal basic income
James Magnus-Johnston, Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy
Sailing through a perfect storm of COVID-19 with universal basic income for Indonesia
Victoria Fanggidae, University of Melbourne and Jonatan A Lassa Senior Lecturer, Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Management, Charles Darwin University
Reaching Households in Emerging and Developing Economies: Citizen ID, Socioeconomic Data, and Digital Delivery
Delphine Prady of the IMF
Digital Solutions for Direct Cash Transfers in Emergencies
Gerardo Una, Richard Allen, Sailendra Pattanayak and Gwenaelle Suc, with inputs from Claude Wendling, Suhas Joshi, Raju Sharan (FAD) and the Digital Advisory Unit of the IMF’s Information Technology Department (ITD).
Managing the Impact on Households: Assessing Universal Transfers
Delphine Prady, International Monetary Fund
We need to let economic data guide further economic policy responses to COVID-19
Jay Shamgaugh, Brookings Institute
A Basic Income Is a Lifeline in This Crisis — But Can’t Solve Everything
Emilio Caja and Leonie Hoffmann, University of Oxford
CERB is an unintended experiment in basic income
Evelyn Forget, University of Manitoba and Hugh Segal, Queen’s University
Universal basic income is the answer to the inequalities exposed by COVID-19
Kanni Wignaraja and Balazs Horvath, World Economic Forum
Coronavirus has shown us why we urgently need to make a basic income a reality
Guy Standing, University of London
Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond
David Calnitsky, Assistant Professor in the department of sociology at the University of Western Ontario
Social Protection Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Monica Rubio and Gerardo Escaroz, UNICEF
Will proposed cash payouts help the homeless?
Matthew Morton, Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Tackling Youth Homelessness with Cash During Coronavirus
Matthew Morton & Jha’asryel-Akquil Bishop, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
5 lessons for using universal basic income during a pandemic
Ugo Gentilini, World Bank