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What would Andrew Yang’s Basic Income plan have meant for New Yorkers?

Max Ghenis Andrew Yang’s campaign for mayor of New York has concluded, but his centering of basic income in his campaign (for a second time) remains noteworthy. The candidate proposed a “Basic Income for New York” which would spend $1 billion annually on unconditional cash transfers to the poorest 500,000 adults. In an analysis for […]

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Reflections on the basic income movement and the NABIG 2021 Congress

Michael Howard Coordinator, USBIG The movement for a basic income guarantee (BIG) has come a long way since the USBIG Network was founded in 1999 as the US affiliate of BIEN, and the first North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress was held in 2002. The most dramatic changes have occurred within the last two […]

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Gaining Ground

This blog post is the US prize-winning essay, by Joshua Z. Miller, in the North American Basic Income Guarantee High School Essay Contest for 2021. Joshua is a high school junior and an intern at the UBI Center. The cash prize was presented at the opening plenary session of the 2021 North American Basic Income […]

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What’s in a Name

Michael A. Lewis Professor Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center As I’ve observed, listened to, or taken part in discussions about basic income (BI), I’ve noticed people use different definitions of BI as well as different terms to refer to policies similar to BI. Since such differences in […]

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Could UBI Lead to Lower Wages?

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 skepticism […]

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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 […]

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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 different categories. […]

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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 one of the main objections to a UBI is that it “would discourage work.” In this […]