The holidays may be over, but the season of giving lingers — at least in spirit among advocates of a universal basic income (UBI). Interest in UBI, commonly understood as a government program that pays a monthly stipend unconditionally to citizens, is on the rise in an age of mounting inequality and job displacement due to technological innovation.
On Nov. 29, 2018, economics writer Annie Lowrey came to Stanford to share insights from her new book, "Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World."
Lowrey, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, talked about how effective UBI pilot programs have been at improving the lives of participants in the United States and abroad. She also took on critics of UBI who say guaranteed cash would tempt people to quit their jobs and live off the dole:
Lowrey also asked the audience to imagine how a UBI might take away the deep shame
welfare recipients in America can feel. If everyone received such a payment, it just might
blur the imaginary line some draw to distinguish themselves from those who depend on
Her talk was presented by Stanford's Center for Ethics in Society and the Basic Income Lab.
Learn more about UBI at https://basicincome.stanford.edu.