Universal Basic Income and Progressive Consumption Taxes
Juan Carlos Conesa (),
Bo Li and
Department of Economics Working Papers from Stony Brook University, Department of Economics
We provide a comprehensive quantitative evaluation of Universal Basic Income (UBI), evaluating different degrees of generosity and the fiscal alternatives to finance it. Replacing existing targeted transfers with a UBI of equal fiscal cost results in widespred welfare losses. In contrast, a combination of generous UBI (at least $15,000 per household) with a switch to progressive consumption taxation could be beneficial from the perspective of ex-ante expected welfare in the long run. However, the quantitative analysis of the transitional dynamics reveals non-trivial transitional costs for most current households.
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