Nota de Lena Lavinas (Asociada al Ciepp) en Alternative Policy Solutions: “Is Universal Basic Income the One-Size-Fits-All Social Policy for the Post-pandemic Era?” (Octubre 2020)

The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has gained new momentum worldwide as a response to the dire consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. Not long ago, in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the deterioration of living conditions for millions of workers, deprived of jobs and incomes, led to calls for social justice and widespread interest in UBI. Today, to help the economy to stay afloat, policy responses to the coronavirus outbreak focused on providing emergency relief packages in which substantial monetary transfers with no ties attached, ended up lifting a great number of the targeted beneficiaries out of poverty and doubling or tripling their regular net income (as in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, to mention a few cases). This trend will not last. But it has made clear that the value of a basic income matters if it is to make a real difference.  Seguir leyendo aquí.