Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee

Financing Basic Income

Addressing the Cost Objection

Editors: Pereira, Richard (Ed.)

  • Tackles the most contentious issue of universal basic income
  • Identifies overlooked revenue sources
  • Demonstrates how BIG can address poverty's costs to society 
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About this book

This Palgrave Pivot argues that basic income at a decent level is, in fact, affordable. The contributors approach the topic from the perspectives of three different countries—Canada, Switzerland, and Australia—to overcome objections that a universal program to keep all citizens above the poverty line would be too expensive to implement. They assess the complex array of revenue sources that can make universal basic income feasible, from the underestimated value of public program redundancies to new and so far unaccounted publicly owned assets.

About the authors

Richard Pereira is Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK, and was formerly an economist with the House of Commons in Canada. 

Contributors

Albert Jörimann, Basic Income Earth Network, Switzerland

Gary Flomenhoft, University of Vermont, USA; University of Queensland, Australia


Reviews

“This book is ambitious, and definitely fills a gap that has existed for a long time in the literature on basic income.  It can be considered a seminal contribution to the field.  As a result of its pioneering nature, it should become a reference on the subject.” (Thibault Laurentjoye, EHESS Paris – PSL Research University, France)

“This is a very valuable project that will make a critically important contribution to the literature on basic income. By moving from general principles to the question of implementation in a well-researched and empirically sound manner, this book shifts the debate toward more practical considerations at a time when there is renewed interest in the idea.  The authors tackle the issue head on of how to fund a basic income.”  (Laurent Dobuzinskis, Simon Fraser University, Canada)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Financing Approaches to Basic Income

    Pereira, Richard

    Pages 1-5

  • The Cost of Universal Basic Income: Public Savings and Programme Redundancy Exceed Cost

    Pereira, Richard

    Pages 9-45

  • Financing Basic Income in Switzerland, and an Overview of the 2016 Referendum Debates

    Jörimann, Albert

    Pages 49-74

  • Total Economic Rents of Australia as a Source for Basic Income

    Flomenhoft, Gary

    Pages 77-100

  • Conclusion

    Pereira, Richard

    Pages 101-106

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54268-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54267-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Financing Basic Income
Book Subtitle
Addressing the Cost Objection
Editors
  • Richard Pereira
Series Title
Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54268-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54268-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54267-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 116
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
Topics