Urban Wire Thoughts on a guaranteed annual income
Zachary J. McDade
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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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Research Areas Children and youth Child welfare
Tags Poverty Wages and nonwage compensation Economic well-being Retirement Wealth inequality Mobility Social Security Financial products and services