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How cash transfers promote the case for basic income

Standing, Guy (2008) 'How cash transfers promote the case for basic income.' Basic Income Studies, 3 (1). pp. 1-30.

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Abstract

There has long been a minority view that providing people with cash is an effective way of combating poverty and economic insecurity while promoting livelihoods and work. The mainstream view has nevertheless been that giving people money, without conditions or obligations, promotes idleness and dependency, while being unnecessarily costly. This paper reviews recent evidence on various types of schemes implemented in developing countries, including several pilot cash transfer schemes, assessing them by reference to principles of social justice. It concludes that experience with cash transfers is strengthening the case for a universal basic income.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: basic income, cash transfers, disability grants, economic security, food aid, social pensions, vouchers
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ISSN: 19320183
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.2202/1932-0183.1106
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15656

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