The Political Economy of the Decision to Have a UBI Experiment

  • Karl WiderquistEmail author
Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)


This chapter discusses the surprisingly complex political economy of the decision process that brings about Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments in response to a movement more interested in the immediate introduction of UBI than in experimentation with it. It shows that the process by which UBI experiments tend to come about makes them especially vulnerable to misunderstanding, sensationalism, and spin, which in turn make experiments a risky strategy for the UBI movement.


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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