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  • >> GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

  • OUR PROGRAM WILL BEGIN IN ABOUT

  • FIVE MINUTES.

  • IF YOU COULD PLEASE MOVE

  • FORWARD TO FIND YOUR SEATS.

  • AT THIS TIME WE WOULD ASK YOU

  • TO TURN OFF OR SILENCE YOUR

  • CELL PHONES.

  • ONCE AGAIN OUR PROGRAM WILL

  • BEGIN IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES.

  • >> IF EVERYONE WILL FILL INTO

  • THE FRONT OF THE SEATS.

  • >> TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

  • OH I GUESS NOT.

  • GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

  • OUR PROGRAM WILL BEGIN IN JUST

  • A MINUTE.

  • AT THIS TIME WE ASK YOU TO TAKE

  • YOUR SEATS AND PLEASE MOVE

  • FORWARD IF YOU FEEL MORE

  • COMFORTABLE.

  • IT CREATES A MORE INTIMATE

  • EXPERIENCE FOR THE SPEAKERS.

  • WE WOULD ASK YOU AT THIS TIME

  • TO SILENCE YOUR PHONES.

  • THROUGHOUT TODAY'S ACTIVITY YOU

  • MAY NOTICE SOME CONSTRUCTION

  • NOISE IN THE BUILDING.

  • THIS FACILITY IS UNDER

  • RENOVATION.

  • WE ASK YOU TO BEAR WITH US TO

  • THE OCCASIONAL INTERRUPTIONS.

  • WELCOME TO THE NEW DIRECTIONS

  • INTO BASIC INCOME RESEARCH

  • WORKSHOP.

  • BROUGHT TO YOU BY POVERTY

  • SOLUTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF

  • MICHIGAN.

  • THE STANDARD BASIC INCOME LET

  • SUPPORT FROM THE ECONOMIC

  • SECURITY PROJECT.

  • AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO

  • INTRODUCE MY BOSS, OUR HOST AND

  • THE DIRECTOR OF POVERTY

  • SOLUTIONS PROFESSOR LUKE

  • SHAEFER.

  • [APPLAUSE]

  • >> DAMIEN ALMOST RAN OFF WITH

  • MY REMARKS.

  • SO ALRIGHT THANKS EVERYONE FOR

  • COMING.

  • WE HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT

  • THIS DAY FOR A REALLY LONG TIME

  • SO IT'S REALLY EXCITING TO SEE

  • EVERYONE'S FACES.

  • I TOOK OFF MY JACKET BECAUSE WE

  • REALLY WANT TO BE ABOUT BEING

  • IN FORMAL AND SORT OF SPACE AND

  • HONEST AND ENGAGE CONVERSATION

  • ABOUT WHAT I LIKE TO CALL THE

  • QUESTION OF IS A CASH KING.

  • WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

  • WHERE ARE WE AT WITH THE

  • CONVERSATION WITH BASIC INCOME

  • AS A STRATEGY FOR POVERTY

  • ALLEVIATION AND REDUCING

  • INEQUALITY.

  • HOW SHOULD SUCH PROGRAMS BE

  • DESIGNED?

  • WHO SHOULD THE TARGET?

  • THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING TO

  • INTERROGATE THE EVIDENCE ON

  • WHETHER CASH IS THE BEST WAY TO

  • HELP.

  • AND WE ARE GOING TO ASK

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT EVIDENCE

  • DO WE NEED OF THE EFFECTIVENESS

  • OF SUCH PROGRAMS.

  • HOW SHOULD THEY BE DESIGNED?

  • UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME?

  • SHOULD WE DO A NEGATIVE INCOME

  • TAX?

  • SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT CHILD

  • ALLOWANCE RIGHT?

  • THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE

  • DESIGN OF THESE PROGRAMS BEYOND

  • QUESTIONS WHETHER CASH IS THE

  • BEST WAY TO HELP THE QUESTIONS

  • OF HOW A CASH PROGRAM SHOULD BE

  • DESIGNED.

  • THEN THERE ARE POLITICAL

  • QUESTIONS.

  • WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

  • THE ACCEPTABILITY OF SUCH

  • PROGRAMS.

  • YOU CAN HAVE THE BEST PROGRAM

  • IN THE WORLD AND IF PEOPLE ARE

  • INTERESTED, YOU KNOW OR IT

  • DOESN'T CONNECT WITH THEM, IT'S

  • NOT GOING TO WORK.

  • OF COURSE WE KNOW THE UNIVERSAL

  • PROGRAMS ARE OFTEN SORT OF THE

  • MOST POLITICALLY STRONG RIGHT?

  • THEY CAN LAST FOR A LONGER TIME

  • BECAUSE EVERYONE IS AT THE BOAT

  • AND THEY ARE ALSO MORE

  • EXPENSIVE.

  • AT THE OTHER SIDE PROGRAMS THAT

  • TARGET THE POOR CAN MAYBE BE A

  • BETTER SORT OF MORE EFFICACIOUS

  • WAY TO USE OUR RESOURCES.

  • BUT IT'S BEEN SAID THAT

  • PROGRAMS FOR POOR PEOPLE ARE

  • POOR PROGRAMS.

  • ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DYLAN

  • MATTHEWS SAID IT'S GREAT THAT

  • THIS CONVERSATION HAS MOVED

  • BEYOND SORT OF YOU KNOW

  • UNDERSTANDING CASH TRANSFER

  • POLICIES IN THE CONCEPTUAL

  • FRAMEWORK TO ONE WHERE WE ARE

  • REALLY STARTING TO TALK ABOUT

  • THE DETAILS.

  • OUR GOAL AS A GROUP OF EMERGING

  • SCHOLARS FOR THE NEXT

  • GENERATION IS TO TRY TO GIVE US

  • A WEEK AND WERE GET TO TALK

  • ABOUT WHAT ARE THE MOST

  • PRESSING QUESTIONS.

  • WHAT ARE THE WAYS WE SHOULD

  • MOVE THIS CONVERSATION FORWARD

  • AND WE HOPE THAT YOU ALL ARE

  • GOING TO BE A CRITICAL PIECE OF

  • THAT.

  • SO WE ARE BRINGING TOGETHER

  • GRADUATE STUDENTS, EARLY CAREER

  • SCHOLARS, TOGETHER WITH SOME OF

  • THE NATION AND FRANKLY THE

  • WORLD'S LEADING EXPERTS ON

  • THESE TOPICS.

  • EITHER ALL THINGS WE ARE GOING

  • TO DISCUSS IN DETAIL OVER THE

  • WEEKEND.

  • I'M NOT GOING TO STAND IN THE

  • WAY OF OUR GREAT SET OF

  • PRESENTATIONS.

  • FIRST THOUGH I WANT TO THANK

  • OUR COSPONSORS THE ECONOMIC

  • SECURITY PROJECT FOR GENEROUSLY

  • PROVIDING SOME FUNDING FOR THIS

  • EVENT.

  • FOR THE STANFORD BASIC INCOME

  • LAB.

  • AND THEN ALL OF OUR GREAT

  • CO-ORGANIZERS WHO HELPED US

  • THINK OF THE AGENDA FOR THIS.

  • JULIANA BIDADANURE, TAYLOR JO

  • ISENBERG, MICHAEL LEWIS,

  • ELIZABETH RHODES.

  • FINALLY I REALLY WANT TO THANK

  • MY STAFF WHO HAVE ORGANIZED

  • THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT AND DONE

  • SO WITH WHAT APPEARS FROM MY

  • OFFICE TO BE EFFORTLESS GRACE.

  • I CAN'T BE MORE IMPRESSED WITH

  • THE JOB THEY'VE DONE ORGANIZING

  • AND I GIVE A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT

  • TO DAVIE AND, POVERTY SOLUTIONS

  • ADMINISTERED OF COORDINATOR.

  • HE HAS BEEN A DRIVING FORCE

  • BEHIND THE LOGISTICS.

  • LET ME INTRODUCE CHRIS HUGHES.

  • CHRIS HAS SPENT HIS CAREER