Basic Income Experiments

As part of the development of the UBI Cities Toolkit, the Basic Income Lab created a list of current North American Basic Income pilots.

Table of Ongoing and Proposed Basic Income and Cash Transfer Programs in the US and Canada

ProjectLocationImplementing organizationDatesRecipientsAmount and frequencyDesign of program
Alaska Permanent Fund DividendAlaskaAlaska Permanent Fund Corporation (state-owned)Ongoing since 1982All Alaska residentsApprox. $1,000-$2,000 / yearUniversal base income
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Casino Revenue FundNorth CarolinaEastern Band of Cherokee IndiansOngoing since 1996All enrolled members of Eastern Band of Cherokee IndiansApprox. $3,500-6,000 / 6 monthsUniversal base income
Ontario Basic Income Pilot (Canada)3 sites in Ontario, CanadaGovernment of Ontario2017 - 20194,000 low-income individuals and couples (18-64 years old)Up to $16,989 [$24,027]/year for a single person [couple], less 50% of any earned incomeUp to $500/month additional for people with disabilities
Control group: compensated for participation in study
Universal basic income
Baby’s First Years (Income & the Developing Brain Study)New York City, NY
New Orleans metropolitan area, LA
Omaha metropolitan area, NE
Twin Cities, MN
University of California, Irvine
Columbia University
New York University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2017 - 20221,000 low-income mothers with newborns$333 / month for 40 months for treatment mothers
Control group: $20 / month for 40 months
Base income
Preserving Our DiversitySanta Monica, CACity of Santa Monica Housing and Economic DevelopmentNov 2017 - ongoing21 low-income elderly, rent-burdened renters (proposed expansion to 300)Calculated by household using the Basic Needs Subsidy Method, average of $500 / monthBase income
Direct Giving LabChicago, ILDirect Giving LabOngoing since 201770 low-income families (proposed expansion to 200)$100 / monthBase income
Magnolia Mother’s TrustJackson, MSSpringboard To Opportunities2018 - 201916 low-income African-American mothers$1,000 / monthBasic income
Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED)Stockton, CAOffice of Mayor Michael Tubbs, Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, Reinvent Stockton FoundationFeb 2019 - Jul 2020100 residents of low-to middle-income neighborhoods$500 / month
Control group: compensated for participation in study
Universal base income
Basic Income ProjectTBD in 2019Y Combinator ResearchTBD (3-5 yrs)1,000 residents of low- to middle-income neighborhoods$1,000 / monthControl group: $50 / monthUniversal basic income
Chicago Resilient Families Initiative (proposed)Chicago, ILChicago Resilient Families Initiative Task ForceTBDProposed: 1000 familiesProposed: $500 / monthUniversal base income
Newark UBI pilotNewark, NJNewark Mayor’s Office Exploratory Task ForceTBDTBDTBDTBD