Universal Basic Income Pilot Program

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments can test out Universal Basic Income (UBI) with regional, state, or municipal pilots. UBI allows workers to be more selective by eliminating the need to accept poor working conditions to make ends meet, and can allow unemployed individuals to more time to gain skills needed to re-enter the workforce.


Finland, Ontario, Canada, and Y Combinator (a silicon Valley tech incubator) all started UBI pilots—though Finland's and Canada's pilots were shut down by opposition parties. The Stanford Basic Income Lab has compiled a list of other pilot programs around the US.


Basic Income Lab (BIL). Stanford University



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