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Is a Citizen’s Income Desirable?

  • Malcolm Torry
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Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)

Abstract

This first of two introductory chapters summarizes reasons for wishing to see a Citizen’s Income established. Someone receiving means-tested benefits finds that as earned income rises, their benefits income falls, making it less than worthwhile to seek employment or to look for a better job. A Citizen’s Income would never be reduced, making it more worthwhile to seek paid employment or a better job. Households would be able to lift themselves out of poverty more easily. Citizen’s Income would not interfere with personal relationships as means-tested benefits do; it would provide economic security in the midst of a more flexible employment market; it would deliver improved social cohesion; it would be simple and cheap to administer; and it would attract no stigma, errors, or fraud.

Keywords

Social Cohesion State Pension Child Benefit Family Allowance Employment Market 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm Torry
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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