Now, you say that there’s evidence supporting the case for providing $1,000/month UBI, show me the evidence!
Experiments with unconditional cash benefits around the world have proven to be one of the most successful ways of reducing poverty. The fear that cash recipients would waste their money on drugs or alcohol, stop working, or have more kids have been disproven by the World Bank. http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/do-poor-waste-transfers-booze-and-cigarettes-no Many of these behaviors were actually reduced. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/689575
Since 1998, there have been a total of 461 research papers published on the topic. You can view them all here: http://basicincome.org/research/.
In the last 50 years, there have been more than 30 cash transfer programs studied. Here are a few of our favorites:
- The “Mincome” Experiment, Manitoba, Canada http://basicincome.org/news/2017/03/simpson-et-al-manitoba-basic-annual-income-experiment-lessons-learned-40-years-later/ (reduced hospitalization and no reduction in work hours)
- BIG Pilot Project, Namibia http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/briefings/data/000163 (reduced crime, reduced school dropouts, and improved health)
- Give Directly, Kenya https://www.givedirectly.org/ (increased assets and nutrition, and no change in drugs or violence)
- View them all here at Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang’s site: http://yang2020.com/35-ubi-programs-cash-transfer-experiments/?_ga=2.116477070.92681270.1563065434-528337161.1560138357
The data is clear – giving people money enables them to live better lives.
Providing a $1,000/month UBI to every U.S. citizen will transform our society for the better.
We have the ability to fund a $1,000/month UBI for every U.S. citizen.
So, why aren’t we implementing this when it’s been brought up by a few of our American leaders before?
It’s because our leaders in Washington don’t want to. Not for any reason at all, other than it’s something we haven’t done before. Period.