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Universal Basic Income - new research at the ESRC Festival of Social Science

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The idea of a basic income is becoming increasingly popular both within and outside the UK. It is a policy with many variants which includes components that are relevant for both moderate and radical reforms.

At a workshop on 5 November, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, ISER Senior Research Officer Iva Tasseva and Luke Martinelli of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath illustrated ways to turn the basic income concept into a practical scheme as well as presenting research related to the estimated fiscal and distributional effects of the implementation of such schemes and the mechanisms that drive these results.

The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of a revenue-neutral basic income introduction.

View the presentations here:
How would Basic Income work in the UK? What are the costs and what are the benefits?
(Iva Tasseva)
Which countries would benefit most and which countries face the greatest fiscal challenges from implementing Basic Income?
(Luke Martinelli)

Event programme:

10am: Iva Tasseva, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex: How would Basic Income work in the UK? What are the costs and what are the benefits?

10.30am: Luke Martinelli, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath: Which countries would benefit most and which countries face the greatest fiscal challenges from implementing Basic Income?

11.10-12noon Panel Discussion, chaired by Professor Mike Brewer, Director of ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change

with

  • Professor John Hills, Chair of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE,
  • Dr Malcolm Torry, Director of the Citizen’s Income Trust and
  • Dr Chrysa Leventi, Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Read ISER Senior Research Officer Iva Tasseva’s new blog Basic Income – testing of a fascinating policy