Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) of Two Policy Alternatives: Basic Income and Basic Services

27 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Anna Cameron

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

Lindsay M. Tedds

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy; University of Calgary - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 1, 2020

Abstract

In this paper, we apply GBA+ to two potentially transformative policy approaches—basic income and basic services—to consider their promise in the context of B.C.’s poverty reduction strategy. The core of our analysis is centred on evaluating how each proposal might address poverty in B.C. along intersectional lines, and according to the key dimensions or principles of poverty mitigation and prevention outlined by the B.C. government in its poverty reduction strategy: affordability, opportunity, reconciliation, and social. We also draw on insights regarding the systemic barriers that contribute to greater risk and prevalence of poverty for people whose identities are situated at various axes of difference. We not only consider how the proposals may produce “tangible” outcomes, but also focus on the various ways in which they could transform experiences within and beyond the system of programs, or erect barriers that are not immediately obvious or that may not exist for a “neutral” subject. We demonstrate that the basic income and basic services approaches both have immediate practical value, as well as exhibiting transformative potential, though such impacts largely hinge on how the policies are envisioned and implemented. The most important takeaways from this work are that intersectional groups need access to high-quality public services and, relatedly, that any policy approach that “trades off” services for income will have potentially devastating impacts—particularly for already vulnerable groups.

Keywords: GBA+, Intersectionality, basic income, basic services, poverty reduction, trade-offs

JEL Classification: H19; H39; H49; I32: I38; I39; J10; J15; J16; J16; J18; J19

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Anna and Tedds, Lindsay M., Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) of Two Policy Alternatives: Basic Income and Basic Services (December 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3781914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3781914

Anna Cameron (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

Lindsay M. Tedds

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

University of Calgary - Department of Economics ( email )

University Drive
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

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