Entries by Amy Hughes

Could UBI Lead to Lower Wages?

By Michael Anthony Lewis  Professor Silberman School of Social Work I recently had an exchange about UBI with a statistics professor. This is someone who identifies as politically left, so they aren’t hostile to the government granting income to people even if it does so unconditionally. Yet this person identifies as a UBI skeptic. Their […]

UBI is Owed to Us

Michael Anthony Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center My previous post, entitled “Why UBI,” focused on the main arguments I’ve seen in support of the proposal. This one will focus on arguments for UBI too. However, the ones I’ll discuss here are sufficiently different from the […]

WHY UBI?

WHY UBI? Michael Anthony Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center One of my earlier pieces in this series focused on objections to UBI. In this one, I’ll discuss arguments in support of it. Since that support has been varied, I’ll discuss it by grouping supporters into […]

WHY NOT A UBI?

WHY NOT A UBI? Michael Anthony Lewis  Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center   Although I like the idea of a UBI, this series isn’t meant to discuss what I like or dislike. Instead, it’s meant to bring those up to speed who’re new to the idea. […]

Basic Income and the U.S. Welfare State

Michael Anthony Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center In the introduction to this series, I defined a UBI as an amount of money, “that people would periodically receive, on an individual basis, and without income/asset-test or work requirement.” Nowhere in this definition does it say that […]

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES THE BASICS OF BASIC INCOME

Michael Anthony Lewis, Professor, Silberman School of Social Work  At Hunter College   Those who followed the U.S. Democratic Primaries have probably heard of Andrew Yang. Yang is a lawyer and entrepreneur who vied to represent the Democratic Party in the general election for President of the United States. Yang’s signature policy proposal was what […]

Culture and Poverty

Author: Michael Lewis, Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College Lawrence Mead is a political scientist who is on the faculty at New York University. For years, he has been writing about poverty, as well as policies ostensibly intended to address it. He is perhaps best known for his work supporting workfare, the practice […]

150 Economists Call for Emergency Cash Payments

I am pleased to have signed this open letter, along with over 150 economists, in support of ongoing cash stimulus payments in response to the recession triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, and anticipating the July 31st cliff when benefits from the previous stimulus bill will end.   Among the main points:   “Direct cash payments […]

UBI activism surging in the US

UBI activism surging in the US Two years ago, if one were to speak of a basic income movement, one might be accused of hyperbole. USBIG was able to muster support for annual congresses, in cooperation with the Basic Income Canada Network, and disseminate information and analysis through the website and newsflash. By 2017 there […]