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Should Citizens Get A Guaranteed Income Regardless Of Work?

People queue to cast their ballot during a referendum on May 18, 2014 in Bulle, western Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
People queue to cast their ballot during a referendum on May 18, 2014 in Bulle, western Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Voters in Switzerland over the weekend rejected the idea of providing a proposal to give all citizens a basic income of about $2,500, regardless of employment. However, the idea continues to gain traction elsewhere – Finland is starting a pilot program that provides 10,000 adults a basic income, and in Oakland a tech company is also testing out the idea.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic about what research says about how a basic income could work.

Guest

  • Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic. He tweets @DKThomp.
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