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From cash transfers to basic income: An unfolding Indian Agenda

Standing, Guy (2014) 'From cash transfers to basic income: An unfolding Indian Agenda.' Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 57 (1). pp. 111-137.

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Abstract

This article provides a review of the arguments for and against cash transfers in India, taking care to distinguish between different types of cash transfer schemes, which include a universal unconditional basic income as well as conditional schemes. The article sets out some principles by which any social policy should be judged and goes on to discuss cash transfers alongside other instruments of social policy, namely the Public Distribution System (PDS) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). It then examines the principal hypotheses associated with the arguments for and against cash transfers as a social policy instrument, drawing upon international experience. The article concludes that a universal unconditional basic income would have important advantages over alternative schemes, but cautions against undue haste in rolling out cash transfers to ensure a smooth transition.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: basic income, cash transfers, India, subsidies, social policy, public works
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ISSN: 00195308
Copyright Statement: Will be posted online for members of Indian Society of Labour Economics, but no copyright restrictions mentioned.
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 10:40
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19364

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