Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?

December 3, 2013 | DC Improv Switzerland is considering a radical reimagining of its welfare state. Instead of mish-mash of different programs, they’re thinking of simply guaranteeing every resident a basic income. Ezra Klein and top experts discussed whether this is a good idea or a nutty European fantasy.

 

'Pass the popcorn,' Switzerland's proposed basic income

'Pass the popcorn,' Switzerland's proposed basic income

Megan McArdle is a columnist for Bloomberg View and the author of “The Up Side of Down.” She spoke at Wonkblog's debate titled "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"
A world without workers, but universal basic income

A world without workers, but universal basic income

Mike Konczal is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and author of the Rortybomb Blog. Max Sawicky is a assistant director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, but was speaking for himself -- not his employer -- at a recent Wonkblog debate, titled "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"
What would happen if a basic income replaced the social safety net?

What would happen if a basic income replaced the social safety net?

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. She spoke at a recent Wonkblog debate, titled "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"
Is giving everyone a check a good idea?

Is giving everyone a check a good idea?

Mike Konczal is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and author of the Rortybomb blog. He spoke at the Wonkblog debate "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"
'Most people want to be like everybody else'

'Most people want to be like everybody else'

Max Sawicky is an assistant director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He spoke on his own behalf and not his employer's at a Wonkblog debate titled "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"
Tax subsidies versus cash subsidies

Tax subsidies versus cash subsidies

Megan McArdle is a columnist for Bloomberg View and author of “The Up Side of Down.” She tells Wonkblog, "Giving someone an incentive to buy a bigger house is a fundamentally different thing from giving someone an incentive to stay out of the labor force permanently."
With a basic income, what's the incentive for low-wage work?

With a basic income, what's the incentive for low-wage work?

Megan McArdle is a columnist for Bloomberg View and author of “The Up Side of Down.” She spoke at a recent Wonkblog debate, titled "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"
Could a basic income be means tested?

Could a basic income be means tested?

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. She spoke at a Wonkblog debate, titled "Guaranteed Income for All: Fantasy or Possibility?"