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Institutionalizing the Universal Caretaker Through a Basic Income?


  • Zelleke Almaz

    (The New School)


Feminists should endorse a basic income, particularly in comparison to other feasible safety-net alternatives, including work-conditioned benefits and a caregiver stipend. A basic income promotes gender equality by creating the social and economic conditions required to reduce the gendered division of labor. Most importantly, a universal, unconditional basic income could greatly reduce the poverty rate of the most vulnerable group in capitalist economies: single women and their children. For this reason if for no other, feminists should endorse a basic income.

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  • Zelleke Almaz, 2008. "Institutionalizing the Universal Caretaker Through a Basic Income?," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 3(3), pages 1-9, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bistud:v:3:y:2008:i:3:n:7

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    1. Gwendolyn Mink, 1995. "Wage work, family work, and welfare politics," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(2), pages 95-98.
    2. Barbara Bergmann, 2000. "Subsidizing Child Care by Mothers at Home," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(1), pages 77-88.
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    1. Robeyns Ingrid, 2008. "Introduction: Revisiting the Feminism and Basic Income Debate," Basic Income Studies, De Gruyter, vol. 3(3), pages 1-6, December.

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