In 2016, the policy proposal for a "universal basic income" grew more favorable in American opinion. Among many others, Andrew Stern, Robert Reich and Martin Ford published books advocating for a guaranteed income for all. Poverty, structural unemployment, growing inequalities, automation, and precariousness are some of the concerns that basic income proponents sought to address with a policy that was described as a "disarmingly simple idea" — give everyone cash, no strings attached, unconditionally and individually.
What kind of basic income would work? What would people do with free cash? Would they stop working, would they work more, would they volunteer more? Under which condition (if any) can people thrive without a job? Would a basic income cause inflation? Is it affordable? The Center for Ethics in Society has launched the Basic Income Lab (BIL) to help answer some of these questions. Join the BIL mailing list!