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In light of the current national conversation on the use of cash disbursements to buffer the economic fallout of COVID-19, the Stanford Basic Income Lab remains committed to reviewing the vast interdisciplinary research produced on UBI, identifying under-explored research questions, and helping shape future directions in basic income research to inform the policy dialogue. 

The Lab convenes scholars, policymakers, practitioners, members of the civil society, think tanks, nonprofits, and foundations around the philosophy, politics and economics of Universal Basic Income. It also provides an academic home for research on UBI and gathers information from experimenters on the challenges faced in establishing UBI pilots and develops recommendations and best practices, including a Basic Income in Cities Toolkit, in basic income experimentation.

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In last year's Tanner Lectures, Princeton economists Case and Deaton discussed how American capitalism is causing "deaths of despair."
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The Basic Income Lab has its own website!

The Stanford Basic Income Lab (BIL) was established in February 2017 to provide an academic home for the study of Universal Basic Income (UBI).  UBI is a periodic cash payment, unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirements. Learn more about how BIL supports those researching and experimenting with UBI policies around the world.