‘Basic Income’ or ‘Bait and Switch’?
Michael Mendelson, October 2016
The idea of a Basic Income is much in vogue these days, but is one name being used to describe two different programs? This paper describes a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Basic Income design to show why we might want the former, but could well end up with the latter. While the search for the silver bullet to once and for all eliminate poverty in a single great swoop is seductive, it leads us away from consideration of practical steps which, while incremental, would substantially reduce poverty and inequality.

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Welfare in Canada 2015

Anne Tweddle, Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, November 22, 2016

This report focuses on the incomes of four different households living on social assistance, commonly known as “welfare.”  It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by

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