Research papers produced by the Basic Income Lab

Healthy Communities and Universal Basic Income: A Conceptual Framework and Evidence Review

Rebecca Hasdell, Juliana Bidadanure, and Sarah Berger Gonzalez

What new services might open in a community when the people who live there have a secure economic base? What types of jobs are created when individuals have increased bargaining power? What types of governance processes emerge when individuals all receive the same support? This report examines how a healthy communities lens can address unanswered questions about UBI.

Universal Basic Income: What's in a Name?

Sarah Berger Gonzalez & Juliana Bidadanure

In continuation of the Lab’s effort to illuminate best practices for the design of a basic income policy, the Stanford Basic Income Lab held an all-day workshop on March 6, 2020—called “What’s in a Name?”—that examined the variety of names that have been given to Universal Basic Income and related policies. This white paper provides a summary of the discussions that occurred at the workshop and offers several findings that we hope can inform future basic income projects.

What We Know About Universal Basic Income: A Cross-Synthesis of Reviews

Rebecca Hasdell

In the last ten years, as Universal Basic Income has moved up the policy agenda, many reviews and reports have taken stock of the evidence on unconditional and universal cash programs. Our report, “A cross synthesis of recent reviews of the evidence on UBI-type programs,” is intended as an "umbrella review."

Basic Income In Cities Toolkit

Juliana Bidadanure, Sean Kline, Camille Moore, Brooks Rainwater, & Catherine Thomas

Launched in early November 2018 at the National League of Cities annual meeting, the toolkit, Basic Income In Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects, highlights emerging practices and shares insights on the process of designing UBI experiments in ways that are ethical, rigorous, informative and consequential for local and national policymaking.