U-M to Host National Experts for New Directions in Basic Income Workshop

April 13, 2018













Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Stanford Basic Income Lab and with support from the Economic Security Project, will host a three-day workshop May 18-20, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The workshop will be the first to take an in-depth look at basic income as a poverty alleviation strategy and spur the next generation of research on basic income studies

Basic income studies seek to address poverty in the simplest way possible—by providing cash aid. In particular, interest is growing in a Universal Basic Income (UBI)—unconditional cash stipends with no strings attached—have gained support across the political spectrum. Such a proposal, advocates argue, might address poverty, structural unemployment, growing inequalities, economic instability, and automation, in a disarmingly simple way.

The workshop will provide opportunities to learn about basic income projects and shape the long-term research agenda. Nearly fifty scholars from across the U.S. will participate in a series of in-depth research workshops over the weekend, and several talks and panels are open to the public. Experts will explore basic income as a poverty alleviation strategy and the next generation of research on the topic. Public talks and panels will include:

  • Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:00-2:15 pm: Keynote Address
    Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder and co-chair of the Economic Security Project
  • Friday, May 18, 2018, 3:15-4:30 pm: Framing the Conversation
    Dylan Matthews, Vox Media, Michael Lewis of Hunder College, Sam Hammond from the Niskanen Center, Olga Lenczewska and Avshalom Schwartz from Stanford Basic Income Lab
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:00 – 10:45am: A Review of the Literature: Basic Income and Cash Transfers
    Karl Widerquest, Georgetown University and Yannick Vanderborght, Université Saint-Louis, Brussels
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:45am – 12:30pm: Cutting Edge Basic Income Research, Findings Future Directions
    Elizabeth Rhodes, YCombinator Resaerch, Eveleyn Forget, University of Manitoba, and Taylor Jo Isenberg, Economic Security Project
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 2:30 – 4:00pm: Basic Income and Racial Equity
    Dorian Warren, Roosevelt Institute
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00pm: The Politics of Basic Income
    Richard Caputo, Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and Catherine Thomas, Stanford Basic Income Lab

All events will take place at the U-M Rackham Graduate School, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Contact povertysolutions@umich.edu with questions.