Chapter

The Highest Sustainable Basic Income

Philippe Van Parijs

in Real Freedom for All

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293576
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293577.003.0003

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 The Highest Sustainable Basic Income

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As a first cut, how close a society's institutions are to the ideal of a free society is determined by how high an unconditional basic income it manages to sustainably give to all its members. There are good reasons to give this income in the form of a demogrant rather than of a negative income tax, to distribute it in the form of regular instalments rather than as a one‐off capital grant, and to give part of it in kind, in particular, in the form of free education and health insurance rather than as a cash benefit.

Keywords: capital grant; cash benefit; demogrant; free education; free society; health insurance; negative income tax; unconditional basic income

Chapter.  13255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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