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Considerations for Basic Income as a Covid-19 Response


  • David Green

    (University of British Columbia)

  • Rhys Kesselman

    (Simon Fraser University)

  • Lindsey Tedds

    (University of Calgary)


When the federal government created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help Canadians who had lost their jobs in the COVID-19 lockdown, it sparked renewed interest in the idea of a basic income. However, many policy questions need to be discussed and resolved in order to assess a basic income and compare it to alternative forms of social support. Careful and thorough consideration of these matters is vital in deciding whether a basic income should be implemented, and if so, how it should be done and indeed what form it should take.

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  • David Green & Rhys Kesselman & Lindsey Tedds, 2020. "Considerations for Basic Income as a Covid-19 Response," SPP Briefing Papers, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, vol. 13(11), May.
  • Handle: RePEc:clh:briefi:v:13:y:2020:i:11

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