How do we know that UBI actually works?

April 18, 2019

UBI isn’t a new, drastic idea. It’s been around for awhile, and it’s been supported by great thinkers such as MLK. The following are classified as or resemble UBI programs.

  • Alaska has the country’s second lowest income inequality. Following implementation of the Republican-proposed petroleum dividend (amounting to 1000-2000 dollars yearly), poverty was reduced by one-quarter.
  • The “Mincome” Experiment in Manitoba, Canada noted a 8.5 percent drop in hospital visits. Domestic violence & mental-illness appointments and treatments decreased.
    BIG Pilot Project in Namibia saw heavy reductions in crime and school dropouts rates all while improving health.
  • GiveDirectly in Kenya gave aid directly to the people and found more girls in school, better nutrition, and an increase in entrepreneurship.

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