Could Universal Basic Income Help End Poverty?


People who work on ways to end poverty have been trying a simple approach lately: just giving money to those in need, with no strings attached.

Universal basic income, or UBI, once seemed like a radical idea in the US. Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang pitched it as part of his 2020 campaign. It didn’t take.

But then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which showed that a little money from the government could help some people in big ways. And now, many places in the country are pushing to make UBI a permanent part of the social safety net.

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