Buzziest ideas in economics – Cash in the News

Across the world, from a meeting of world leaders in Switzerland to a San Antonio newspaper to the podiums of the French presidential race, basic income continued to be in the news. Policy-makers, economists, and columnists all talked about whether this unique type of cash transfer could be a way to reform social safety nets […]

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Research Director Field Studies – Day 2: Gimoro amora

In the second part of this three-part series, GiveDirectly’s Research Director Michael Cooke discusses key takeaways from his trip to visit field teams and recipients in Kenya. Today I went out with GiveDirectly field staff to shadow the process of enrolling new program recipients. Luo was the primary spoken language of the recipients in the […]

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Some basic (income) questions, answered

“Cash transfers… universal basic income, what’s the difference?”  That’s the question a lot of people have been asking us recently. The short answer: a universal basic income (UBI) is a type of cash transfer. As the name suggests, there are three discrete conditions that need to be met to consider a cash transfer a UBI: […]

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What would you do with an extra $1,000?

Mika Marcondes de Freitas explains what biking across Europe has to do with GiveDirectly, and why he’s committed to donating 10% of his earnings directly to extremely poor families. What would you do with an extra $1,000?   I would personally take a couple of months off and ride my bicycle solo from Copenhagen to […]

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A pretty natural fit – Cash in the News

This week, GiveDirectly was mentioned in a range of outlets across the world, including Inside Philanthropy, the Spanish-language El Mundo, and New York Magazine. In FastCoExist, GiveDirectly’s regional director Joe Huston talked with Ben Schiller about our basic income experiment specifically, the design details of the study, and how running this experiment is a natural […]

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