IS A BASIC INCOME AN IDEA BASIC INCOME WHOSE TIME HAS COME?
21 April 2023
Is a basic income really the best policy response to poverty, precarious work and unemployment? Is it the best way to build a just and inclusive society? This book provides one of the most comprehensive evaluations of a basic income and its application as a primary social policy tool ever undertaken. [...] “Rather, we view the issues to be addressed as multidimension- al, calling for a suite of responses.” Basic Income and a Just Society: Policy Choices for Canada’s Social Safety Net is the culmination of a multiyear project that began with the work of the British Columbia Expert Panel on Basic Income. [...] The IRPP book draws on the work of the panel and other research to provide an in-depth assessment of a basic income and the need for social policy reform in Canada. [...] For example, the costs of a universal basic income of $20,000 a year in British Colum- bia (close to the poverty threshold) would equal the total budget of the province. [...] Green is a professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia and was the chair of the British Columbia Expert Panel on Basic Income.