The idea of an unconditional basic income (UBI) floor where everyone starts with the same minimum amount of money as everyone else each month as an economic right of citizenship is not a new idea. UBI is an idea with a long history and thus a long history of support.
Among that support exists a number of Nobel prize winners.
The following is a compilation of some of those names and what they've said about UBI in recent years.
This list is focused on living Nobel laureates and not economists throughout history like Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, James Tobin, James Meade, George Stigler, Paul Samuelson, Herbert Simon, and James Mirrlees among others who all supported UBI during their lifetimes.
The following names appear in chronological order based on when they became a Nobel laureate.
1. Desmond Tutu: 1984 Nobel Peace Prize
In 2006, the 11th Basic Income Earth Network Congress took place in South Africa. It was on that occasion that Desmond Tutu recorded a strong endorsement for the entire basic income movement. His whole speech is available in its entirety below, but here is a short transcript excerpt...
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