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The Bottom Line in a Basic Income Experiment
(Walter de Gruyter, 2006)
A basic income (BI) experiment (or a pilot project or an implementation trial) is worth doing if it focuses on the right question. Some of the problems with the U.S. negative income tax (NIT) experiments of the 1970s stemmed ...
A Dilemma for Libertarianism
Many libertarians make a moral argument that liberty requires the freedom to exercise strong property rights. From this, they argue that no more than a minimal state with sharply limited powers of taxation can be justified. ...
An efficiency argument for the Basic Income Guarantee
The most important issue in equality – if not in all economic policy – is the persistence of poverty. This chapter argues that anti-poverty policy needs to move away from the categorical approach towards universalism, ...
A Failure to Communicate: What (If Anything) Can we Learn from the Negative Income Tax Experiments
The U.S. and Canadian governments conducted five negative income tax experiments between 1968 and 1980. The labor market findings of these experiments were an advance for understanding the effects of a basic income guarantee, ...
Perspectives on the Guaranteed Income, Part I
(M.E. Sharpe, 2001)
The article focuses on the concept of "Guaranteed Income." The idea of a guaranteed income has been around in one form or another since Thomas Paine proposed a version of it in 1796. Except for a brief period in the 1960s ...
Perspectives on the Guaranteed Income, Part II
(M.E. Sharpe, 2001)
This article literary appraises books related to guaranteed income. The books are: "Freedom and Security: An introduction to the Basic income Debate," by Tony Fitzpatrick; Basic income: Economic Security for All Canadians," ...
Problems with Wage Subsidies: Phelp's economic discipline and undisciplined economics
This paper discusses problems with wage subsidy proposals, specifically focusing on the proposal in Rewarding Work by Edmund Phelps. It shows that the book uses one price theory to argue that the whole benefit of a wage ...
Public Choice and Altruism
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)
Discusses aspects of altruism and selfishness in society. Assumptions on the selfish motivation of individuals; Description of an altruist; Challenges in decision making for altruists.
Who Exploits Who?
This article considers two concepts put forward by van Donselaar in a case against basic income: ‘the abuse of rights’, i.e. receiving income from an asset one has no interest in working with; and ‘Donselaarian exploitation’, ...