Skip to content
Licensed Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter June 28, 2007

Targeting Benefit Levels to Individuals or Families?

Almaz Zelleke
From the journal Basic Income Studies

In this article, I take for granted agreement on the merits of an unconditional basic income, and I consider the form its distribution might take. I explore the equity, efficiency, and incentive effects of several basic income models in order to provide a plausible example of what a basic income in the US might look like. I present four basic income models, discuss their advantages and disadvantages, and consider whether any one of these models is conclusively superior to the others in terms of the trade-offs involved. I conclude with a tentative proposal for a level and distribution for introducing an unconditional basic income in the US.

Published Online: 2007-6-28

©2011 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin/Boston

Downloaded on 6.12.2022 from
Scroll Up Arrow