Find out more about some key Universal Basic Income programs that were tried, are active or are planned.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend | Alaska 1982-present
The State of Alaska distributes a share of the state’s oil revenues, typically between $1000 and $2000 per year to each of state residents, including children.

Y Combinator Research Randomized Controlled Basic Income Trial | In Development
The Silicon Valley research firm proposes to compare a group of people who receive a basic income to an otherwise identical group of people who do not. In this way, the effects of a basic income can be isolated and quantified. The research will randomly select individuals across two US states to participate in the study. Roughly half will receive $1,000 a month for up to five years; the rest will serve as a control group for comparison.

Y Combinator Research Randomized Controlled Basic Income Trial | In Development
The Silicon Valley research firm proposes to compare a group of people who receive a basic income to an otherwise identical group of people who do not. In this way, the effects of a basic income can be isolated and quantified. The research will randomly select individuals across two US states to participate in the study. Roughly half will receive $1,000 a month for up to five years; the rest will serve as a control group for comparison.

SEED Stockton, California | In Development
The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) is the first city-led basic income initiative in the US. Beginning in 2019, 100 city residents will receive an unconditional basic income of $500 per month. Research will focus on a variety of outcomes, including financial security, civic engagement, health and wellness.

Finland Basic Income Experiment | Finland 2017-2019
The Government of Finland tested basic income as a potential new model for the Finnish social security system, providing a payment of 560 Euro (approximately $625) per month to 2000 persons. The experiment has a research focus on studying the effects of the provision of basic income on employment. and recipient wellbeing.

US Income Maintenance Experiments | NJ, PA, WA, CO IN, CO, NC. 1968-1982
The US Government sponsored four large-scale social experiments relating to basic income involving multiple states, urban and rural populations and program types. The experiment had a research focus on studying the effects on work effort, family stability, housing, food consumption and wellbeing of dependent children.

Privately funded experiment
This is a privately funded experiment that includes 21 recipients of UBI over a period of two years as participants in a docu-series that follows the effect this has on their lives.