A critical analysis of basic income experiments for researchers, policymakers, and citizens / Karl Widerquist.

Widerquist, Karl, author.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] , ©2018
Exploring the basic income guarantee
Exploring the basic income guarantee
xi, 167 pages ; 22 cm.
Basic income -- Research.
Welfare economics.
Finance, Public.
Economics -- Psychological aspects.
Labor economics.
Economics -- Psychological aspects.
Finance, Public.
Labor economics.
Welfare economics.
At least six different Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments are underway or planned right now in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Kenya. Several more countries are considering conducting experiments. Yet, there seems to be more interest simply in having UBI experiments than in exactly what we want to learn from them. Although experiments can produce a lot of relevant data about UBI, they are crucially limited in their ability to enlighten our understanding of the big questions that bear on the discussion of whether to implement UBI as a national or regional policy. And, past experience shows that results of UBI experiments are particularly vulnerable to misunderstanding, sensationalism, and spin. This book examines the difficulties of conducting a UBI experiment and reporting the results in ways that successfully improve public understanding of the probable effects of a national UBI. The book makes recommendations how researchers, reporters, citizens, and policymakers can avoid these problems and get the most out of UBI experiments.
Universal basic income and its more testable sibling, the negative income tax
Available testing techniques
Testing difficulties
The practical impossibility of testing UBI
BIG experiments of the 1970s and the public reaction to them
New experimental findings 2009-2013
Current experiments
Why are UBI trials happening now? The political process that brought about UBI experiments in the 20-teens
The vulnerability of experimental findings to misunderstanding, misuse, spin, and the streetlight effect
Why UBI experiments cannot resolve much of the public disagreement about UBI
The bottom line
Identifying important empirical claims in the UBI debate
Claims that don't need a test
Claims that can't be tested with available techniques
Claims that can be tested but only partially, indirectly, or inconclusively
From the dream test to good tests within feasible budgets
Why have an experiment at all?
Overcoming spin, sensationalism, misunderstanding, and the streetlight effect.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-155) and index.
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