October 10, 2017 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 01:00 PM UTC [13:00] | (1 hr) | Time Zone Converter

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?

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Brian Schaitkin

Brian Schaitkin
Senior Economist
The Conference Board

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

Olli Kangas
Director of Governmental Relations
Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA)

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

Kate McFarland
philosopher, freelance writer, editor, and researcher

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, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Lawyer, Economist and Politician

Ilaria Maselli

Ilaria Maselli (Moderator)
Senior Economist
The Conference Board

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.

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