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Mapping UBI Research

Mapping Existing Scholarship on Universal Basic Income

Despite the growing UBI research effort over the past 30 years, there does not exist an online tool that conveniently brings together the existing research in one place. The Basic Income Lab is working to develop the first such visualization, thus promoting more methodical progress in the academic field of UBI, and building a rigorous platform for the benefit of future basic-income experimenters, researchers, students, and policy-makers.

The online platform will provide pertinent summaries of articles, research papers, books produced on UBI to date, highlighting important findings from each and ensuring that core areas such as health, crime, stigma, childhood poverty and gender equity are covered.

To construct this platform, our team of four Stanford graduate researchers started reviewing the UBI scholarship in January 2018 through an interdisciplinary lens. Specifically, an economics student surveyed past and current UBI experiments; two political theorists are surveying the conceptual and normative literature on UBI; and a computer scientist is helping us design the online platform and city toolkit in collaboration with a data visualization team.

In 2019, we will unveil the finished platform at a large-scale event. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress!

This project is receiving the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Jain Family Institute, the Economic Security Project, and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.