Basic income experiments in OECD countries: A rapid evidence review

Joe Chrisp, Laura Smyth, Claire Stansfield, Nick Pearce, Rachel France, Chris Taylor

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Since 2015, the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has inspired an increasing number of
experiments in OECD countries. In this report, we provide a rapid evidence review of the
characteristics, indicators and outcomes of these basic income experiments in order to inform
policymakers about gaps in knowledge and to make suggestions for future experimental design.
We found 38 experiments across Europe, North America and Asia that met inclusion criteria.
Most experiments involve cash benefits targeted at a relatively small number of low-income
households for a period of roughly two years dispersed across a relatively large area. We consider that
this makes a sound case for the development of more heterogenous target groups, a longer time period
and a greater examination of community effects. We also provide some suggestions for more policy-
and political-oriented goals, which we argue are an oft-ignored elements of these experiments in
policymaking and research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London
Number of pages60
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-911605-27-0
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022


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