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Basic Income Studies

Ed. by Haagh, Anne-Louise / Howard, Michael

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Targeting Benefit Levels to Individuals or Families?

Almaz Zelleke
Published Online: 2007-06-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1932-0183.1054

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.

Keywords: Keywords – basic income; family; guaranteed minimum income; household composition; incentives

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Published Online: 2007-06-28

Citation Information: Basic Income Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1932-0183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1932-0183.1054.

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