Universal Basic Income: For and Against

Universal Basic Income: For and Against

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theater

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




From the Democratic presidential campaign of Andrew Yang, to pilot projects in Stockton, Kenya, and elsewhere, the idea of a “Universal Basic Income” has never been more popular. The basic idea is simple: every adult citizen receives a cash grant from the government to spend in any way they choose. Proponents say a basic income has the potential to end poverty and reduce inequality, and that it will soon be indispensable for coping with the massive unemployment caused by rapid increases in automation and artificial intelligence. Critics argue that a basic income costs too much, that it crowds out more useful and narrowly-targeted welfare programs, and that it undermines the central value of work for individuals and society as a whole.

Join USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy on March 25 for a debate on this important and timely issue, featuring Annie Lowrey, writer for The Atlantic and author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World, and Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.

Cosponsored by The Institute for Humane Studies.


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