The Pragmatic Case for a Universal Basic Income

But it has pragmatic advocates (including me) who believe that a UBI offers a better compro- mise than do other income-support programs among the mutually incompatible criteria of effectiveness in reducing poverty, mainte- nance of work incentives, administrative effi- ciency and accurate targeting.

The most encouraging sign is that the live- liest debates over a UBI today are taking place within, rather than between, the main ideo- logical camps. At a time when macroeco- nomic forces and the politics of big money are leading to ever-greater inequality, perhaps America is still capable of finding common ground for a pragmatic antipoverty effort. m

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