Basic Income AMA Series: I am Ed Dolan, economist and supporter of universal basic income. Ask me anything.
My name is Ed Dolan. I write Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog (here or here), and I am also the author of the textbook Introduction to Economics from BVT Publishing. I have a Ph.D. in economics from Yale and many years of experience teaching economics in the US and Europe.
Lately I have been writing a lot about the economics of a universal basic income (UBI, for short). A UBI is a replacement for our current welfare system. Instead of dozens or hundreds of fragmented means tested programs like TANF, food stamps, childcare benefits, and housing subsidies, a UBI would give every citizen a monthly cash grant to spend as they like. The grant would go to everyone, rich or poor, working or not working, able or not able.
For links to things I have written recently about a universal basic income, check out this post on my blog. The post contains proof of my identity in the form of a short video clip.
I'm here today as part of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)’s series of AMAs for International Basic Income Week, September 15-21.
Ask me anything about a UBI or anything else about economics, but not too wonky or technical please, this is a discussion for the general public."