American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Catholic social thought (CST) has obvious resonance with universal basic income proposals, due to the tradition’s insistence on basic needs as human rights, comfort with government redistribution, and preference for programs that promote the agency of individuals and local communities, among other similarities. However, some CST scholars believe basic income challenges dearly held values of the tradition. This essay examines both views, concluding that basic income can comport with CST’s view of work, correctly understood.
Ward, Kate, "Universal Basic Income and Work in Catholic Social Thought" (2020). Theology Faculty Research and Publications. 841.
ADA Accessible Version
Accepted version. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 79, No. 4 (September 2020): 1271-1306. DOI. © 2020 Wiley. Used with permission.