The Brookings Institution
2020-01-07 · Prominent people of different political persuasions have supported the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) to solve the major socioeconomic ills plaguing the United States. Proponents have put forth a variety of UBI plans to tackle income inequality, future work transitions and the complexity of existing benefits programs. But according to economists Melissa S. Kearney and Magne Mogstad in this sobering and eye-opening fact-check, the proposals fall far short of their intended outcomes and could be counterproductive. This illuminating study offers the economically and politically savvy some important food for thought.