Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

Credit: https://www.kateraworth.com. by Kate Raworth No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for … Continue reading Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

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Basic Income Works

PAUL NIEHAUS, MICHAEL FAYE Consequences matter when deciding how to spend 17 percent of the national income. When weighing whether some form of basic income is a good idea, impact is critical: on labor markets, on education, on entrepreneurship, on child rearing, on gender relations, on mental health, on political participation, and on all the … Continue reading Basic Income Works

‘Norman Rockwell’ town of Lindsay will be under scrutiny with basic income pilot

Roderick Benns Near Lock 33 in Lindsay, there is a constant buzz of activity in the summer. This town of 20,000 is part of the 386-km long Trent Severn Waterway, a system of 44 locks and 39 swing bridges. Children fish from the banks of the Scugog River as it snakes its way through town. … Continue reading ‘Norman Rockwell’ town of Lindsay will be under scrutiny with basic income pilot

Basic income hailed as way to give people chance to chase their dreams

Sam Haque, founder of Wise Media, joined Regent Park's Centre for Social Innovation four years ago. He now employs one staffer and hopes to add more,  (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Mowat Centre report says basic income could spark social innovation by giving marginalized groups support to become social entrepreneurs. By LAURIE MONSEBRAATENSocial justice reporter Thu., May … Continue reading Basic income hailed as way to give people chance to chase their dreams

Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYv8XGl-YU (may want to skip to 5.5  min in to view) In his Harvard commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg advocated exploring a system in which all people receive a standard salary just for being alive, no questions asked. The system, known as universal basic income, is one of the trendiest economic theories … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech

Canada has the ‘least-universal health care system’ in the world: André Picard

Health columnist André Picard. Photo, John Kenney. "What makes people healthy is not medicine. Medicine fixes people once they’re broken. What makes us healthy is our socio-economic environment, do you have money that you can live on? An income, an education, a roof over your head? Do you live in a physically safe environment, do … Continue reading Canada has the ‘least-universal health care system’ in the world: André Picard

Do They Owe Us a Living? 7 Reasons the Universal Basic Income is Worth Fighting For.

by Andrew Dolan The Universal Basic Income (UBI) – sometimes called the Unconditional Basic Income, Citizens’ Income or Social Wage – has in recent times become a focus of economic discussion across the political spectrum. While column inches in the Financial Times and The Economist have been racking up, academics such as Stuart White have … Continue reading Do They Owe Us a Living? 7 Reasons the Universal Basic Income is Worth Fighting For.