The foundation of the Freedom Dividend begins with understanding the problem: scarcity mindset.
Several years ago, American psychologists made a shocking discovery that is beginning to shift how we think about poverty today. Rutger Bregman investigates in his popular TED Talk below.
Bregman introduces us to the real problem, scarcity mindset. The Freedom Dividend provides an immediate and direct solution to the problem.
The video below by Kurzgesagt, an education company, thoroughly investigates the idea of unconditionally giving people money.
- What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? by Andrew Flowers, FiveThirtyEight
- Economics Nobel Prize Winners are Advocating for Universal Basic Income, Futurism
- The Future of Not Working, which follows a UNI trial in Kenya, New York Times
- AI Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines by Scott Santens, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network
- Free Money Might Be the Best Way to End Poverty by Rutger Bregman, Washington Post
- Giving Money to Everyone, the Economist
- The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart by Scott Santens, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network
- What If the Government Guaranteed You an Income? by David Wheeler, CNN
- The Feminist Case for Universal Basic Income, Slate
- What’s the Welfare Initiative Uniting Liberals and Conservatives? by Veronique de Rugy, PBS
- MLK advocates for Guaranteed Income at Stanford (1967)
- British economist Guy Standing gives a lecture about UBI (2012)
- Universal Basic Income Playlist on YouTube, which includes more than 150 videos
- The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
- Raising the Floor by Andy Stern
- List of 50+ Universal Basic Income books published since 2000
- Basic Income Subreddit – 50,000 members
- Basic Income Earth Network
- United States Basic Income Action
Since 1998, there have been 461 research papers published about UBI and cash transfer programs to inform the policies of today. View them all here.
PROGRAMS AND EXPERIMENTS
In the last few decades, there have been more than 35 UBI test programs and cash transfer experiments. Read more about them below.
- Seattle and Denver (SIME & DIME)
- North Carolina and rural Iowa (RIME)
- Gary, Indiana (GIME)
- Alaska (Alaskan PFD)
- Namibia (BIG Pilot Project) (link to full report)
- Namibia (Emergency Cash Grant)
- India (Madhya Pradesh Pilots) (link to full report)
- Win for Life lottery winners (€1,000/month)
- Bomi County, Liberia (SCT Programme)
- Brazil (Bolsa Familia)
- Brazil (Quatinga Velho)
- Kenya (GiveDirectly)
- Kenya (Hunger Safety Net Program)
- Uganda (WINGS)
- Uganda (NUSAF’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP))
- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina (Casino revenue)
- London Hough, Juliette, and Becky Rice. “Providing personalised support to rough sleepers.” York, JRF (2010).
- New York City
- Iran (link to 2017 study on labor supply effects)
- Mexico’s Programa de Apoyo Alimentario (note: no observed inflation) (link to paper)
- Canada’s Healthy Baby Prenatal Benefit (note: no strings cash resulted in babies born healthier)
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Kuwait in 2011 (note: increased non-oil GDP through higher consumer spending)
- Zambia (note: after 3 yrs households had 59% more to spend than amount received)
- US Social Security natural experiment (note: more money caused increased cognitive function) (link to paper)
- Longitudinal study of 1,000 people for 35 years (note: childhood impoverishment leads to greater addictions, worse health, and more crimes as adults)
- Mothers’ Pension program (US 1911-1935) (note: longer life, more education, healthier weights, earned more income)
- Pakistan’s Citizens Damage Compensation Program (“Watan Card”) (note: lower declines in aspirations for the future)
- Dolly Parton’s My People Fund (note: $1,000 per month considered more helpful than any other form of support by those displaced by Gatlinburg fires)