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Exploring Universal Basic Income: Bridging the Wealth Gap in America

Tue, November 7, 2023
Dinner Program
Annie Lowrey

The concept of universal basic income (UBI) has gained attention as the wealth gap widens in the US, despite a strong economy. The growing concern that AI could replace technical jobs has further increased interest amongst policymakers and scholars.

Join us for a conversation with Annie Lowrey, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World, in discussion with Professor Cameron Shelton, director of CMC's Lowe Institute of Political Economy.

Their talk will delve into the feasibility of UBI, examining its target beneficiaries, and evaluating potential moral hazards. They will also explore the question of how the US could realistically fund a meaningful UBI and whether there is a path toward bipartisan support.

Annie Lowrey is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She is the author of Give People Money (2018), which was shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Prior to joining The Atlantic, she was a staff writer for The New York Times and New York magazine, as well as the Moneybox columnist for Slate. At The Atlantic, she writes about the economy and politics.

The discussion between Ms. Lowrey and Professor Shelton is co-sponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at CMC, as part of the Institute's Public Policy Speaker Series.

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