Thanks! And yes, I frame the humiliation of the current system as a problem, while others would view it as a plus. From an economic perspective, they would probably argue that benefits that are easier to claim and use lead to fewer hours worked, since there’s less drive to stop using them. Fortunately there’s considerable research on the minimal impact of cash transfers on work incentives, so these don’t hold much water. Also somewhat fortunately, most proponents of difficult and demeaning welfare systems also want less government bureaucracy, so they have to choose the lesser evil, given taxpayers have to pay all the demeaners.

Ideologues may still oppose it on purely moralistic grounds, but those who consider evidence will have a difficult time defending the status quo.

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Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.

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