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Give people money : how a universal basic income would end poverty, revolutionize work, and remake the world

Author: Annie Lowrey
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, child-care workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annie Lowrey
ISBN: 9781524758769 1524758760 9781524758776 1524758779 9780753545775 0753545772
OCLC Number: 1002899316
Description: 263 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Wages for breathing --
The ghost trucks --
Crummy jobs --
A sense of purpose --
The poverty hack --
The kludgeocracy --
The ragged edge --
The same bad treatment --
The $10 trillion gift --
In it together --
$1,000 in a month --
Postscript: Trekonomics.
Responsibility: Annie Lowrey.

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Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, child-care workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from India to Finland to Canada to Mexico--all are talking about UBI. In this sparkling and provocative book, economics writer Annie Lowrey examines the UBI movement from many angles. She travels to Kenya to see how a UBI is lifting the poorest people on earth out of destitution, India to see how inefficient government programs are failing the poor, South Korea to interrogate UBI's intellectual pedigree, and Silicon Valley to meet the tech titans financing UBI pilots in expectation of a world with advanced artificial intelligence and little need for human labor. Lowrey explores the potential of such a sweeping policy and the challenges the movement faces, among them contradictory aims, uncomfortable costs, and, most powerfully, the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing. In the end, she shows how this arcane policy has the potential to solve some of our most intractable economic problems, while offering a new vision of citizenship and a firmer foundation for our society in this age of turbulence and marvels.

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A fantastic introduction to UBI that's both thorough and accessible. * Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures * Like it or hate it, the UBI is the biggest social policy idea of the 21st century so far. Read more...

 
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