Working Paper: “UBI & the City”

JFI-supported research by Jack Favilukis, Khalil Esmkhani, and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh is the first attempt to model UBI at a city-level, in New York City, and finds positive welfare impacts. Download PDF ›

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A new working paper, supported by the Jain Family Institute, presents the first attempt to model a UBI’s general equilibrium effects at the city level. In “Universal Basic Income and the City,” Khalil Esmkhani and Jack Favilukis of the University of British Columbia, and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh of New York University, explore the effects of a guaranteed income policy implemented at the city-level in New York City. They find that, when financed through a progressive income tax, a $5,000-per-household-per-month UBI increases general welfare and, perhaps surprisingly, does not lead to housing market inflation. Their research sheds new light on the possible inflationary effects of basic income policies. It also suggests that the method used to finance a UBI has significant implications for the policy’s outcomes and characteristics.

Read our full press release about the paper, as well as an accessible summary of the research and its implications on Phenomenal World, written by JFI’s lead on the project, Stephen Nuñez.