Interest in universal basic income has risen recently as an alternative to existing exchequer-sourced social security methods, such as conditional cash transfers. This article presents a survey of multiple experiments investigating the impact of basic income cash transfers on recipients while presenting a meta-analysis of the results across nine categories. Many findings indicate successful outcomes across financial security, health, and educational dimensions. Children were amongst the strongest beneficiaries of the trials and observed a 4.5 % reduction in obesity, a 19.5 % increase in their normal weight-for-age, a 30 % increase in female secondary school attendance, and an increase in the educational attainment of one year in response to the cash transfers.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalBasic Income Studies
Early online date15 Mar 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Mar 2024


  • meta-analyses
  • UBI
  • universal basic income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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