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Citizen's Income: Rights and Wrongs

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  • David Piachaud

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A Citizen's Income, or a Basic Income, is not a new idea but it has been receiving increasing attention. There is confusion about the idea and an attempt is made to distinguish different concepts. Then a full Citizen's Income is examined in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the possibility and fairness of a simple individual benefit; economic efficiency; and political feasibility. On all four criteria, Citizen's Income fails. It is concluded that Citizen's Income is a wasteful distraction from more practical methods of tackling poverty and inequality and ensuring all have a right to an adequate income.

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  • David Piachaud, 2016. "Citizen's Income: Rights and Wrongs," CASE Papers /200, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:sticas:/200
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    Keywords

    Citizen’s Income; Basic Income; Conditionality; Social Justice;

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    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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