Basic Income in Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects

Basic Income in Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects

Cities have a critical role to play in piloting the guarantee of a universal basic income — cash payments granted to all members of a community on a regular basis, regardless of employment status or income level, a policy guide published by the National League of Cities and the Stanford Basic Income Lab argues. A toolkit for city leaders, Basic Income in Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects (34 pages, PDF), outlines ongoing and planned pilot projects,  including the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), the first city-led guaranteed income initiative in the U.S., as well as what is known about their effectiveness and what questions future projects might answer. Recommendations for designing a city pilot project include developing clear goals and a theory of change; building a core team with key stakeholders — policy makers, community members, researchers, a communications team, and a funding team; and defining stakeholder roles in the design, implementation, analysis, and "next steps" phases. The report also highlights considerations for determining a project's aims, duration, target population, amount, conditions, and frequency of disbursement of funds.