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Imagine getting a check from the government every month. $600 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland, where a pilot program is being launched to test what’s known as a “universal basic income.” As technology transforms the workplace, jobs and income will become less reliable. The idea is that a universal basic income could serve as a tool to combat poverty and uncertainty in a changing society, and provide a cushion that empowers workers, giving them latitude to take risks in the job market. But some argue a guaranteed income would take away the incentive to work, waste money on those who don’t need it, and come at the expense of effective programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Is the universal basic income the safety net of the future?
For the motion
W. H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A political scientist, author, and libertarian, he came to national... Read More
Former President, Service Employees International Union & Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project
Andrew "Andy" Stern is the former president of the Service Employees International Union and is currently a senior fellow at the Economic Security... Read More
Against the motion
Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities & Former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden
Jared Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Bernstein was the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President... Read More
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute & Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors
Jason Furman is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Furman was previously the chairman of the Council of... Read More