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Citizen's income: rights and wrongs

Piachaud, David (2016) Citizen's income: rights and wrongs. CASEpapers (200). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

A Citizen’s Income, or a Basic Income, is not a new idea but it has been receiving increasing attention. There is confusion about the idea and an attempt is made to distinguish different concepts. Then a full Citizen’s Income is examined in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the possibility and fairness of a simple individual benefit; economic efficiency; and political feasibility. On all four criteria, Citizen’s Income fails. It is concluded that Citizen’s Income is a wasteful distraction from more practical methods of tackling poverty and inequality and ensuring all have a right to an adequate income.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: https://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/CASE/_NEW/PUBLICATIONS/a...
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H53 - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H55 - Social Security and Public Pensions
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I30 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 15:12
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2020 00:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103505

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