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…

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…

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…

Beyond Cancer Cell Ideology: Reframing the Demand for Basic Income in a Time of Mass Extinction

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” - Edward Abbey

A Deeper Dive into “Work” (Really “Labor Supply”) and UBI

A Deeper Dive into “Work” (Really “Labor Supply”) and UBI Michael A. Lewis Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center   In my previous piece “Why Not a UBI?” I said that…

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.…

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…

INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES THE BASICS OF BASIC INCOME

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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…

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…

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…