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What happens when you give people money for free?

Universal basic income and unconditional cash transfers generate big headlines and often prompt heated debate on both sides, but how do the recipients react when they are given money with little or no conditionality? The session presents the latest research on universal basic income and unconditional cash transfers to understand what has worked so far and lessons for the future of policy.

Felicity Algate of BIT, Dr Damon Jones of the University of Chicago, Dr Johannes Haushofer of Princeton University, Markus Kanerva of the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office and Dr Kate Orkin of the University of Oxford discuss their thoughts on universal basic income at BX2019.