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Introduction to Employment Relations (Undergraduate - IRE 240)

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Guaranteed Basic Income

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Ontario Basic Income Pilot

North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, May 24-27, 2018

Urban, M.C. & Yip, C. (2017). Basic impact xxamining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs.University of Toronto. School of Public Policy and Governance. Mowat Centre. (pdf, 69 p.)

CBC News, December 10, 2017: "Quebec to offer basic income for 84,000 people unable to work," by Kalina Laframboise

TVO The Agenda (June 20, 2017): Ontario's Basic Income Pilot

TVO The Agenda (Jun 20, 2017):  The Basic Income Debate

Ontario. (2017 March). Basic Income Consultations: What We Heard. Report. 28 p.

Stevens, H. &  Simpson, W. (2017). Toward a national universal guaranteed basic income. Canadian Public Policy 43(2), 120-139. University of Toronto Press.

Simpson, W. & Mason, G. & Godwin, R. (2017). The Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment: Lessons Learned 40 Years Later. Canadian Public Policy 43(1), 85-104. University of Toronto Press.

CBC News, Jan. 2, 2017: "Finland launches basic income experiment with Jan. 1 cheques for those in pilot project."

Segal (2016). Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project  for Ontario: A discussion paper and summary.

Ministry of Community and Social Service, November 3, 2016: “Ontario Seeking Input on Basic Income Pilot”

Government of Ontario, November 3, 2016: “Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario,” by Hugh D Segal (101 pages, PDF)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, October 6, 2016: Basic Income: Rethinking Social Policy, edited by Alex Himelfarb and Trish Hennessy (PDF, 62 pages)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, October 5, 2016: "A Policymaker’s Guide to Basic Income, by David Macdonald (PDF, 42 pages) 

Broadway, R., Cuff, K. & Koebel, K. (2016). Designing a basic income guarantee for Canada. Queen’s Economics Department Working Paper No. 1371. Kingston, Ontario : Queen's University. Department of Economics. (32 pages, PDF)

The Mowat Centre, September 20, 2016: “Pilot Lessons: How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario,” by Evelyn L. Forget, Dylan Marando, Tonya Surman and Michael Crawford Urban (PDF, 35 pages)

BIEN -  Basic Income Earth Network, September 1, 2016:  “New Report on Minimum Income Pilot,” Kate McFarland

CBC News, August 30, 2016: “Ontario to test guaranteed-income program amid warnings about costs, effectiveness,” By Dean Beeby, April 4, 2016: "Labour Keeps Its Distance From Guaranteed Annual Income, For Now ...", by Brad James.

CBC News, March 9, 2016: "Basic Income: New Life for an Old Idea", by Soloman Israel.

Globe & Mail, February 26, 2016: "Ottawa should work with Ontario on guaranteed-income strategy: advocates", by Bill Curry.

Toronto Star, February 16, 2016: "The stage is now set for a basic income for all", by Sheila Regehr and Roderick Benns.

Globe & Mail, February 5, 2016: "Minister eyes guaranteed minimum income to tackle poverty", by Bill Curry.

Calnitsky, D. (2016). “More normal than welfare”: The Mincome experiment, stigma, and community experience. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadienne De Sociologie, 53(1), 26-71.

Mulvale, J. P.; Frankel, S. (2016). Next steps on the road to basic income in Canada. Journal of Sociology Social Welfare 43(3), 27-50.

Conference Board of Canada, January 2016: "Time for another look at a guaranteed annual income", by Glen Hodgson

CBC News, December 20, 2013: "Report suggests guaranteed minimum income in Nunavut".

National Post, December 3, 2015: "Why the Liberals should institute a basic income guarantee", by Roderick Benns

Toronto Star: Commentary, August 6, 2015: "Basic income: just what the doctor ordered:The surest way to improve the health of Canadians is to start prescribing healthy incomes", by Danielle Martin and Ryan Meili.

The Fraser Institute, January 2015: The Practical Challenges of Creating a Guaranteed Annual Income in Canada, by Charles Lamman and Hugh MacIntyre (PDF, 88 pages)

Henderson, D. R. (2015). A philosophical economist's case against a government-guaranteed basic income. The Independent Review, 19(4), 489-502.

Munger, M. (2015). One and one-half cheers for a basic-income guarantee: We could do worse, and already have. The Independent Review, 19(4), 503-513.

Whaples, R. (2015). Skeptical thoughts on a taxpayer-funded basic income guarantee. The Independent Review, 19(4), 531-536.

Pereira, R. (2015, Winter). Basic income will be fairer and cheaper. Inroads, 15-18.

Kesselman, J. R. (2014, Winter). A dubious antipoverty strategy. Inroads, , 33-43.

Huffington Post, December 23, 2014: “A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It”, by Zi-Ann Lum.

Cato Unbound: A Journal of Debate, August 4, 2014: "The Pragmatic Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Guarantee", by Matt Zwolinski

CBC News, June 30, 2014: “Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics”

Clavet, N-J., Duclos, J-Y & Lacroix, G. (2013). Fighting Poverty: Assessing the Effect of Guaranteed Minimum Income Proposals in Quebec.  Canadian Public Policy, 39(4), 491-516.

Amétépé, F. (2012). The effectiveness of Luxembourg's minimum guaranteed income. International Social Security Review, 65(1), 99-116.

Forget, E. L.(2011). The Town with No Poverty: The Health Effects of a Canadian Guaranteed Annual Income Field Experiment. Canadian Public Policy 37(3), 283-305. University of Toronto Press.

CBC News, March 25, 2010: 1970s Manitoba poverty experiment called a success

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (2009): Possibilities and Prospects: The Debate Over a Guaranteed Income, by Margot Young and James P. Mulvale (PDF, 38 pages)

Policy Options, April 2008: “Guaranteed Annual Income: Why Milton Friedman and Bob Stanfield Were Right”, by Hugh Segal

Duclos, J-Y. (2007). Economic security: A better income security system for all Canadians. In St-Hilaire, F., Ragan, C. T. S., Leonard, J., & Institute for Research on Public Policy. (2007). A Canadian priorities agenda: Policy choices to improve economic and social well-being. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy

Howard, M. W. (2007). A NAFTA dividend: A guaranteed minimum income for North America. Basic Income Studies, 2(1)

Steensland, B.. (2006). Cultural Categories and the American Welfare State: The Case of Guaranteed Income Policy. American Journal of Sociology, 111(5), 1273–1326.

Tcherneva, P., & Wray, L.R. (2005). Can basic income and job guarantees deliver on their promises?

Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment (1979) (documents)


Ontario Basic Income Pilot

Basic Income Canada Network

U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

Basic Income Earth Network

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