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.


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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