Welfare benefits are largely limited to families with children, and even then applicants face extremely tedious application processes and means tests that discourage work, plus waiting on lottery lists for programs like housing assistance.

There is no relationship between cash transfers and drug use or crime.

To focus on monetary gain is to perpetuate the detachment from what truly matters.

When you don’t have money to buy food or shelter, those become the things that truly matter.



Co-founder & CEO of PolicyEngine. Founder & president of the UBI Center. Economist. Alum of UC Berkeley & MIT. YIMBY. CCLer. Former Google data scientist.

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