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November 15, 2013

Thoughts on a guaranteed annual income

November 15, 2013

The somewhat radical idea of guaranteeing income to every single American adult with no strings attached has gained attention from people and entities as diverse as Charles Murray, Switzerland, George McGovern, and Matt Yglesias. Would it work? What would be its drawbacks? How big would the income have to be? What might it mean for the rest of our safety net? Check out our Branch conversation below to see what some of our Urban Institute experts had to say.


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