Is the time for Universal Basic Income in New York now?

Is the time for Universal Basic Income in New York now?

Universal basic income was presented and discussed during a lunch served at the Roosevelt House in Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York on 24 of October, 2018 by the speakers Michael A. Lewis (from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College).

It also included Eri Nogushi (with association to Benfit Children & adjunct Professor, Roosevelt House) and Almaz Zelleke (from Department of Social Science, New York University in Shanghai), in a session moderated by Sanford Schram (Department of Political Science, Hunter College).

“Recent research shows that, contrary to longstanding American beliefs, having a job does not guarantee a path out of poverty. With the rise of automation and stagnant wages, discussions on anti-poverty measures are more relevant now than ever.

One such proposed measure is the idea of universal basic income, which would ensure that no one’s income would fall below a certain level, whether or not they were employed.

Roosevelt House’s online Faculty Journal recently published commentaries on this issue, and to continue the conversation three of the authors will explore the economic, sociological, political, and philosophical dimensions underpinning this approach.

This moderated discussion will include an assessment of the far-reaching implications of this important policy proposal to combat poverty and recommendations to address the entrenched structures of inequality in the United States today”, the event’s press release included.


Tom F.


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