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How Cash Transfers Promote the Case for Basic Income

Guy Standing
  • University of Bath & Monash University
Published Online: 2008-07-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1932-0183.1106

There has long been a minority view that providing people with cash is an effective way of combating poverty and economic insecurity while promoting livelihoods and work. The mainstream view has nevertheless been that giving people money, without conditions or obligations, promotes idleness and dependency, while being unnecessarily costly. This paper reviews recent evidence on various types of schemes implemented in developing countries, including several pilot cash transfer schemes, assessing them by reference to principles of social justice. It concludes that experience with cash transfers is strengthening the case for a universal basic income.

Keywords: Keywords – basic income; cash transfers; disability grants; economic security; food aid; social pensions; vouchers

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Published Online: 2008-07-11


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