Just End Poverty Now: The Case for a Global Minimum Income
Forthcoming in Basic Income Studies
26 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2019 Last revised: 16 Aug 2019
Date Written: April 14, 2019
Global GDP is more than 100 trillion dollars, yet 10% of the world’s population still live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. No one should have to live like that: alleviating poverty is a minimal moral obligation implied by nearly every secular and religious moral system. Unfortunately, neither economic growth nor conventional international aid can be relied upon to fulfil this obligation. A global basic income programme that transferred $1 per day from the rich world to each poor person would eliminate extreme poverty directly and at negligible cost. It is the least we should do.
Keywords: Basic Income, Global Justice, Poverty, Economic Development, International Development Aid, Multinational Organisations
JEL Classification: O15, O19, I32, I38
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