I’m Paul Niehaus of GiveDirectly. We’re testing a basic income for the extreme poor in East Africa. AMA!
Hi Reddit- I’m Paul Niehaus, co-founder of GiveDirectly and Segovia and professor of development economics at UCSD (@PaulFNiehaus). I think there’s a real chance we’ll end extreme poverty during my lifetime, and I think direct payments to the extreme poor will play a big part in that.
I also think we should test new policy ideas using experiments. Giving everyone a “basic income” -- just enough money to live on -- is a controversial idea, which is why I’m excited GiveDirectly is planning an experimental test. Folks have given over $5M so far, and we’re matching the first $10M ourselves, with an overall goal of $30M. You can give a basic income (e.g. commit to $1 / day) if you want to join the project.
Project page: https://www.givedirectly.org/basic-income
Looking forward to today’s discussion, and after that to more at: /r/basicincome
THANKS EVERYONE - great set of questions, no topic I'm more excited about. encourage you to continue on /r/basicincome, and join me in funding if you agree this is an idea worth testing - https://www.givedirectly.org/give-basic-income