Milligan writing on Basic Income
Kevin Milligan ~ Vancouver School of Economics ~
University of British Columbia
Writing on Basic Income
I have written several articles for popular media on the idea of Basic Income, and done some interviews in which I've been quoted. I've also put together a slide show and webinar with a bit more academic content. I thought it would be a good idea to gather all this in one place. The links can be found below.
- July 4, 2016: C.D. Howe Institute `Intelligence Memo' blog post: "Dare to dream, but do the math." Here.
- May 24, 2016: Bloomberg Markets article by Luke Kawa: "Note to Swiss: Basic Income Plans Have a Basic Flaw." Here.
- May 18, 2016: Canadian Association for Business Economics. Webinar
- Feb. 6, 2016: Quartz Reality check article by Olivia Goldhill: "We talked to five experts about what it would take to actually institute Universal Basic Income". Here.
- Dec. 12, 2015: Globe and Mail Commentary: "Everyone talks about basic income. Here's why they don't implement it. Here.
- Jan. 31, 2014: Maclean's magazine online: "What's the right policy tool to fight poverty?" Here.
- Oct. 5, 2011: Eric Crampton blog post "The impossible trifecta." Here.
- Nov. 23, 2010: Globe and Mail Economy Lab: "$20,000 to the poor: Let's see the details first." Here.
- Oct. 20, 2010: Globe and Mail Economy Lab: "Should Canada have a guaranteed annual income?" Here.
The Basic Income Impossible Trinity
One of the main themes of my thinking about Basic Income is an impossible trinity. Three features of basic income programs are desirable: a large basic transfer, a low phease-out rate to facilitate work, and a cost similar to the existing system so taxes don't have to rise. But, the Basic Income Impossible Trinity points out a fundamental constraint: you can't have all three of these features--you must choose only two of those three.
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