Matteo Ricci College
Poverty Education Center

PEC Blog Post

  • A conservative take on the universal basic income

    One idea for fighting poverty is a "universal basic income," essentially payments to people to ensure that they remain above a monetary poverty line. One commentator in The Week derides the idea, however:

    "The only type of welfare policy that reliably gets people who can work into work is a welfare policy with work requirements. All the evidence strongly suggests that if you have a UBI, the outcome is exactly what many conservatives fear will happen: Millions of people who could work won't, just listing away in socially destructive idleness (with the consequences of this lost productivity reverberating throughout the society in lower growth and, probably, lower employment, in a UBI-enabled vicious cycle)."

    See the whole article for his perspective on research about why the universal basic income can't work.



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