Universal Basic Income: Debate and Impact Assessment

Author/Editor:

Maura Francese ; Delphine Prady

Publication Date:

December 10, 2018

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper discusses the definition and modelling of a universal basic income (UBI). After clarifying the debate about what a UBI is and presenting the arguments in favor and against, an analytical approach for its assessment is proposed. The adoption of a UBI as a policy tool is discussed with regard to the policy objectives (shaped by social preferences) it is designed to achieve. Key design dimensions to be considered include: coverage, generosity of the program, overall progressivity of the policy, and its financing.

Series:

Working Paper No. 18/273

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 10, 2018

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484388815/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2018273

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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