Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Basic income remains a controversial policy proposal, as both policymakers and the public question its feasibility, costs and social consequences. As a result, basic income experiments are being set up around the world to better inform policymakers’ decisions. However, there is little consensus about what kinds of questions these experiments can or cannot answer, how they should be designed, and what role, if any, they play in rolling out basic income policy.
This book offers a detailed review of completed, ongoing and planned basic income experiments in order to examine the value of and complications inherent in conducting such experiments and to provide best-practice guidelines for future social experimentation and policy development.
Jurgen De Wispelaere is a Policy Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath and a Political Economy Research Fellow with the Independent Social Research Foundation.
Evelyn L Forget is Professor of Economics in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada.
Introduction: Basic Income on Trial?;
Basic Income Experiments in the Past, Present and Future;
Theory: Why Conduct a Basic Income Experiment?;
Practice: How to Conduct a Basic Income Experiment?;
From Experiment to Policy: The Politics of Basic Income Experiments;
Conclusion: What Is Next?.