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Karshenas, Massoud and Tabatabai, Hamid (2019) 'Basic Income by Default: Lessons from Iran's 'Cash Subsidy' Programme.' In: Tory, Malcolm, (ed.), Palgrave International Handbook of Basic Income. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 339-355. (Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee)

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Karshenas and Tabatabai consider Iran’s nationwide, universal cash transfer programme, which was launched in December 2010 as compensation for massive cuts in subsidies that led to increased prices for energy and other basic products. The authors describe the unusual manner in which the programme emerged, and its potential lessons. Of particular interest is the impact on incomes and expenditures, labour supply, inflation, income distribution, and poverty, in the immediate aftermath of the launch of the programme, as well as its implications for similar schemes such as financing a UBI by carbon taxes. Given an extremely adverse broader environment however, the programme, while still continuing after eight years, has lost much of its lustre as the purchasing power of the transfers has been largely wiped out through inflation.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9783030236137
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2019. This is the accepted manuscript of a chapter published by Palgrave Macmillan in Palgrave International Handbook of Basic Income, available online:
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 14:26
Related URLs: http://www.palg ... gp/series/14981 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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