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Basic Income Poverty Alleviation Strategy? U-M Explores Issue
Michigan Ag Connection - 05/14/2018

The University of Michigan will take an in-depth look at basic income as a poverty alleviation strategy and spur the next generation of research on basic income studies during a workshop May 18 and 20.

Among the experts taking part are: Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, author and basic income advocate; Dorian Warren, social justice advocate and president of the Center for Community Change Action; and Yannick Vanderborght, basic income researcher, author and professor of political science at Universite Saint-Louis in Bruxelles, Belgium.

Basic income studies seek to address poverty in the simplest way possible--by providing cash aid. In particular, interest is growing in a Universal Basic Income--unconditional cash stipends with no strings attached--and has gained support across the political spectrum.

Such a proposal, advocates argue, might address poverty, structural unemployment, growing inequalities, economic instability and automation in a disarmingly simple way.

Nearly 50 scholars from across the U.S. will also participate, and several talks and panels are open to the public.

The workshop is hosted by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Stanford Basic Income Lab and with support from the Economic Security Project.

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