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Citizen's Income: Rights and Wrongs

David Piachaud,  November 2016
Paper No' CASE/200: Full paper (pdf)
Paper copy now out of print.
Tags: citizen’s income; basic income; conditionality; social justice


A Citizenís Income, or a Basic Income, is not a new idea but it has been receiving increasing attention. There is confusion about the idea and an attempt is made to distinguish different concepts. Then a full Citizenís Income is examined in relation to four key criteria: the justice of an unconditional benefit; the possibility and fairness of a simple individual benefit; economic efficiency; and political feasibility. On all four criteria, Citizenís Income fails. It is concluded that Citizenís Income is a wasteful distraction from more practical methods of tackling poverty and inequality and ensuring all have a right to an adequate income.