10 October, 2017 | (01 hr)
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The idea of a universal basic income, an unconditional cash payment for all citizens, has recently gained popular backing. The list of supporters includes several Silicon Valley tech companies who see it as a solution to the risk of automation of an increasing number of jobs. Finland and the Canadian province of Ontario have recently launched trial programs.
Join us for this webcast as we explore:
- Why is the idea of a universal basic income gaining popularity?
- What factors explain the support of a part of the business sector?
- Is it feasible in practice?
Brian Schaitkin is a Senior Economist in U.S. Economic Outlook & Labor Markets at The Conference Board. He is part of a team working to expand The Conference Board’s previous work on labor shortages. In addition, he will be leading efforts to expand coverage of regional economies in the...Full Bio
Olli Kangas is Director of Governmental relations at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA). Previously he has worked as Research director at KELA (2008-2014), Olof Palme Professor at the Uppsala University 2015, H.C. Andersen Professor at the University of Southern Denmark (2012), pr...Full Bio
Kate McFarland is a philosopher and currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and researcher. At present, she is working under a one-year contract as a reporter for Basic Income News, the news service of the Basic Income Earth Network. She has also recently served as Secretary ...Full Bio
Joze Mencinger, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Joze Mencinger (1941)PhD. in economics with the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, in 1975, professor of economics, Law School, University of Ljubljana, emeritus since 2014;
- author of a number of articles and publications, author and co-author of a number of econometric mode...Full Bio
Ilaria Maselli is a senior economist for Europe at The Conference Board. Maselli has also been affiliated with the Brussels-based think tank the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2007; her latest position is research fellow.