This chapter introduces and previews the book with a broad overview of the problems involved in conducting Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments and in reporting the results in ways that successfully increase public understanding of the issue. It argues that experimenters should work backward from the big “bottom-line questions” that are most important to the public discussion of UBI to the variables that tests can actually address, and then forward again, closely explaining the relationship between experimental findings and the things people discussing UBI as a potential national policy really want to know.


Basic income experiments Negative Income Tax experiments Social science experiments Basic income Universal Basic Income Inequality Poverty 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown University in QatarDohaQatar

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