Universal Income: Current Developments, Orientations, Plausibility


Based on a Foresight Analysis by Julien Damon

The idea of a universal income has never been so widely touted as it is today, even though it might be said to go back as far as 1797 in the writings of Thomas Paine-or even to 1516 and Thomas More.

A growing number of personalities have shown interest in the universal income idea, as have governments all over the world. Countries as diverse as Namibia and the Netherlands are conducting experiments on a local scale. Since the 1970s, because of its oil wealth, Alaska has paid a uniform dividend to all its inhabitants each year. In 2015 and 2016, Finland and Quebec announced the introduction of a univers...