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Basic income versus basic capital: can we resolve the disagreement?

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Some philosophers argue that a just society must provide all citizens with an unconditional resource endowment. But there is disagreement about whether this should take the form of a basic income or a capital grant. This article considers whether either of two of the types of argument used to defend the idea of a citizen's endowment (entitlement and freedom-based arguments) give reason to prefer one or the other. It argues that entitlement arguments give little reason either way; that different freedom-based arguments possibly give conflicting recommendations; and that a reasonable balance of freedom-based considerations might favour a hybrid of basic income and basic capital.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January, 2011

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