New Article: To Solve for Poverty and Inequity, Guaranteed Income Must Be Targeted

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on November 22, 2022

In this Spotlight Exclusive, Jhumpa Bhattacharya and Yvonne Yen Liu, executive vice president and research director at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, discuss their new research supporting the effectiveness of the targeting of guaranteed income pilot programs.

The report, Making Sure the Shoe Fits, reviewed 27 current guaranteed income projects managed across 10 of the California’s 58 counties, measuring the cost of living in each area using the organization’s Family Needs Calculator. Their findings show that people of color are disproportionately represented among those who are struggling in the state. The report also showed the significant role of occupational segregation, noting the concentration of Black women in low wage professions. Bhattacharya and Liu believe targeted guaranteed income programs will help supplement policy efforts to create a more equitable economy.

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