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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-08
Basic Income in the Emerging Countries: Theories and Discussions


Basic Income is now being discussed widely as an alternative idea to existing social security systems in developed countries. Conversely, social security systems are being rapidly institutionalized in emerging countries, although there still remains many people with limited access to social security provisions. While employment systems are becoming more flexible, it appears that existing social security systems that are related to labor are encountering various difficulties. Under these circumstances, the idea of Basic Income is receiving more attention as an alternative to existing labor-related social security systems. However, some scholars have insisted that children and elderly people must be the first to receive coverage with non-conditional monetary grants, due to the financial limitations that exist in emerging countries. In this research project, we will examine the logic of basic income and consider the arguments on basic income in emerging countries.


April 2011 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] USAMI Koichi
[ Co-researchers ] MIZUNO Junko