Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University. He
specializes in political philosophy. His research is mostly in the area of distributive
justice—the ethics of who has what. He holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form
Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York
(1996). Before coming to Georgetown he was lecturer in Political Theory at the University
of Reading (UK) and a Murphy Fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans (LA). He has
written or edited six books. He is the author of Independence, Propertylessness, and
Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He is
coauthor of Economics for Social Workers (Columbia University Press 2002). He is coeditor
of, Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research (Wiley-Blackwell 2013), Alaska’s
Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model (Palgrave Macmillan 2012),
Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform around the
World (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and the Ethics and Economics of the Basic Income
Guarantee (Ashgate 2005). He is currently under contract to author or coauthor two more
books: Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2014)
and Justice as the Pursuit of Accord (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). He was a founding editor
of the journal Basic Income Studies, and he has published more than a twenty scholarly
articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in journals such as Political
Studies; the Eastern Economic Journal; Politics and Society; and Politics, Philosophy,
and Economics. 

Karl Widerquist will give a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on the topic of
Basic Income at noon Eastern time on September 15, 2014. 

Political Theory

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The Big Casino (2014)

This paper uses an analogy to illustrate two things: (1) the economy is and will...

 

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Why We Demand an Unconditional Basic Income: the ECSO Freedom Case, Arguing about Justice. Essays for Philippe Van Parijs (2011)

Philippe Van Parijs’s (1995) Real Freedom for All: What (If Anything) Can Justify Capitalism makes...

 

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How the Sufficiency Minimum Becomes a Social Maximum, Utilitas (2010)

This article argues that, under likely empirical conditions, sufficientarianism leads not to an easily achievable...

 

Basic Income

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The Big Casino (2014)

This paper uses an analogy to illustrate two things: (1) the economy is and will...

 

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A People's Endowment (2014)

This chapter discusses the possibility of the government using common assets to set up an...

 

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The Basic Income Grant as Social Safety Net for Namibia: Experience and lessons from around the world, Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options (2013)

This paper discusses strategies for providing a social safety net and argues that the Basic...

 

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Is Basic Income Still Worth Talking About?, The Economics of Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination in the 21st Century Volume II (2013)

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the hugely ambitious policy of granting a small income to...

 

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The Basic Income Guarantee in the United States: Past Experience, Current Proposals (with Allan Sheahen), Horizons of Reform: Basic Income Around the World (2012)
 

Labor Economics

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The Basic Income Grant as Social Safety Net for Namibia: Experience and lessons from around the world, Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options (2013)

This paper discusses strategies for providing a social safety net and argues that the Basic...

 

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The Basic Income Guarantee and the goals of equality, efficiency, and environmentalism (with Michael A. Lewis) (2009)

The most important issue in equality – if not in all economic policy – is...

 

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Problems with Wage Subsidies: Phelps's economic discipline and undisciplined economics, International Journal of Green Economics (2008)

This paper discusses problems with wage subsidy proposals, specifically focusing on the proposal in Rewarding...

 

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A Failure to Communicate: What (If Anything) Can we Learn from the Negative Income Tax Experiments?, The Journal of Socio-Economics (2005)

The U.S. and Canadian governments conducted five negative income tax experiments between 1968 and 1980....

 

Public Choice

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Public Choice and Altruism, the Eastern Economic Journal (2003)
 

History of Political Thought

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Lockean Theories of Property: Justifications for Unilateral Appropriation, Public Reason (2010)

Although John Locke’s theory of appropriation is undoubtedly influential, no one seems to agree about...

 

Opinions, Reviews, and Editorials

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A Day-Long Discussion of “the Alaska Model” at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (2011)

On April 22, 2011, I had the privilege of attending a conference at the University...

 

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Two Memoirs Tell the History of the Alaska Dividend (2011)

Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend is closer to a basic income than almost any other policy...

 

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Lessons of the Alaska Dividend (2010)

At a time when progressive social policies are under attack across the industrialized world, the...

 

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I Have a Basic Income (2010)

In a period of about eight months, I managed to save and invest enough money...

 

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The Economic Lesson of 1938 (2009)

Economic events of 1938 are relevant to our handling of the global recession today.

 

Textbook

Economics for Social Workers (with Michael A. Lewis) (2002)
 

Interviews

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A BIG Idea: A Minimum Income Guarantee (with Multinational Monitor), Multinational Monitor (2009)
 

Alaska Dividend

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The Alaska Model as a Menu of Options (with Michael W. Howard), Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform Around the World (2012)