VIDEO: Universal Basic Income: Panacea or Waste of Resources?

Leading economists from Argentina, Colombia and Brazil debate UBI and its role in mitigating the economic toll of COVID-19.
View of the Paraisópolis favela in São Paulo.Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images

Across Latin America, policymakers are debating the use of a universal basic income (UBI) to attenuate the economic impact of COVID-19. But are UBIs effective in alleviating poverty? Can countries afford UBIs and, if so, are they here to stay? Join economists from Argentina, Brazil and Colombia for this timely conversation hosted by:

The program will be livestreamed on this page on 

Thursday May 21, at 2 p.m. ET.

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  • Laura Carvalho, Associate Professor of Economics, Universidade de São Paulo @lauraabcarvalho
  • Marcela Eslava, Economics Professor and newly appointed Dean of the Economics School, Universidad de los Andes @uniandes
  • Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Dean of the School of Government, Universidad Torcuato di Tella @eduardoyeyati
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly @ctornaghi (moderator)
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Tags: coronavirus, Economy, social policy, UBI

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