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Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize in Economics

agrees Basic Income
I am very much in favour, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market
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William A. Darity, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University

agrees Job Guarantee
Each job offered under a federal employment assurance would be at a wage rate above the poverty threshold, and would include benefits like health insurance. A public sector job guarantee would establish a quality of work and the level of compensation offered for all jobs. The program would be great for the country: It could meet a wide range of the nation’s physical and human infrastructure needs,... See More
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Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at MIT

agrees Carbon Tax
If we're willing to send half a million fellow citizens into battle, to protect oil supplies and our economic way of life, we should be no less willing to make the small sacrifice of paying more for gasoline. A revenue-neutral plan that reduced Social Security taxes by $1 billion for every penny a gallon of gas tax would leave the working poor and middle class better off than before. In the long t... See More
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Paul Krugman, Economist (nobel laureate) and NY Times columnist

agrees Carbon Tax
Emissions taxes are the Economics 101 solution to pollution problems; every economist I know would start cheering wildly if Congress voted in a clean, across-the-board carbon tax.
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Greg Mankiw, Harvard professor in economics

agrees Carbon Tax
People don't want to think about climate change every time they do every decision. They can't. What a carbon tax does is it nudges them in the direction of doing the right thing. But you can cut other taxes in response.
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Yanis Varoufakis, Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens

agrees Basic Income
Either we are going to have a basic income that regulates this new society of ours, or we are going to have very substantial social conflicts that get far worse with xenophobia and refugees and migration and so forth.
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Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics and Musician

disagrees Basic Income
A basic income guarantee is a neo-liberal strategy for serfdom without the work ... In addition to a Job Guarantee we also demand a Services Guarantee. It is no good having a bare minimum income if the dentists and doctors and shops in your town are closed and the public transport system is deficient.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader, and risk analyst

There are resilient ways to solve problems, say feed the world, without complicated technologies that entail fragility and unkown possibilities.
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Robert Reich, Former Secretary of Labor

agrees Basic Income
A minimal guarantee with regard to income, it seems to me as almost inevitable in terms the direction that the structural changes of our economy are taking us in.
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Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

disagrees Brexit
It is bound to be a negative on all fronts. For those that stay, because there are fewer of them, and for those who go, because they lose the benefit of facilitation of exchange.
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Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor

disagrees Brexit
Brexit could hit the country's £2.04 trillion economy and prompt some banks to move away from London's global financial powerhouse
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Tony Atkinson, Research Fellow at Oxford and Professor at the London School of Economics

disagrees Basic Income
I don’t in fact favour a basic income as such, what I favour is what I call a participation income
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Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist based at Columbia University

disagrees Basic Income
You want your government to think more carefully about targeting programmes that help those in need, rather than universal. That’s a trade-off given the budget constraints on the public sector
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George Soros, Business magnate, investor, and philanthropist

disagrees Brexit
The UK will struggle if it cuts itself off from the rest of Europe
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Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at U. Missouri–Kansas City, Senior Scholar at Levy Economics Institute

disagrees Basic Income
I do not support sending a BIG check to everyone. It is a devaluation of the currency, as prices rise so that the BIG payment essentially becomes the entry price to the marketplace. So we will need to target the BIG to those who do not (or cannot) work. Yes there’s some stigma. But, first we implement Employer of Last Resort so that anyone who is ready and willing to work has a job in the Job Gua... See More
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Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester. Vice-Chairman BBC Trust. Former advisor to the UK Treasury.

disagrees Brexit
Many foreign investors would relocate, export contracts would not get renegotiated because of the uncertainty, and the transition costs of unpicking a 40+ year relationship would be extremely high
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Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Economist. Chair of the Department of Economics at the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, NY

disagrees Basic Income
There is almost a ‘neoclassical market equilibrating assumption’ behind most BIG analysis that says: “as long as people have cash, the market will magically provide the goods for them, allow them to acquire assets, provide them with the freedom to do what they please, etc. etc.” If the market hasn’t solved these problems now, why would it do so just because people get cash? All structures that ma... See More
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Oliver Hart, Nobel Prize winner in Economics and Professor at Harvard

Bill Gates would get 13K, which is crazy. Raising taxes is costly and so redistribution should be targeted to those who need help most.
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Willem Buiter, Citi's Chief Economist

agrees Basic Income
Use the tax-transfer mechanism (e.g. through a guaranteed minimum income for all, or an ambitious negative income tax, public funding of health care and long-term care etc.) to support those left behind by technological advances.
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Jefferey Sachs, American economist

agrees Carbon Tax
Each region of the world should introduce a tax on CO2 emissions that starts low today and increases gradually and predictably in the future
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Pierre Omidyar, Founder at eBay & Omidyar Network

Everyone who takes an oath, puts on a uniform and serves with integrity deserves our gratitude and respect.
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Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in Canada

agrees Basic Income
I think it’s the principles behind the idea [of a guaranteed income] that matter. These principles are greater simplicity for the government, greater transparency on the part of families and greater equity for everyone
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Richard D. Wolff, Marxian economist. Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

disagrees Basic Income
UBI creates a new difference between those people who work and earn a living and those people who, for wathever reason, don't work but still earn a living. This is going to create two classes of people (...) and for me the big issue is why do that?. I like the idea of community building by not having people that are extremely wealthy or extremely poor, but I don't like this way of doing it, becau... See More
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Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate in economics

A minimum income makes sense, but not at the cost of eliminating Social Security and Meidcare.
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Markus Brunnermeier,

Total health expenses and risk will remain high for individuals. It might also shift the norm whether to work. Work = being part of society
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Richard Schmalensee, Professor of Management and Economics at MIT

A properly designed negative income tax could be part of a better policy, but replacing everything is a bad idea.
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Robert J Shiller, Professor of economics at Yale and Nobel laureate

agrees Robot Tax
A moderate tax on robots, even a temporary tax that merely slows the adoption of disruptive technology, seems a natural component of a policy to address rising inequality. Revenue could be targeted towards wage insurance, to help people replaced by new technology make the transition to a different career. This would accord with our natural sense of justice, and thus be likely to endure.
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Andrew Sentance, Former MPC member and Senior Economic Adviser, PwC

disagrees Brexit
[Brexit] would make me more negative about the medium-term for two reasons. (1) Disruption and uncertainty created by Brexit; (2) Lack of a clear alternative to underpin UK's trade and investment relationships
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Yanis Varoufakis, Former finance minister of Greece, is Professor of Economics at the University of Athens

A simple policy would be to enact legislation requiring that a percentage of capital stock (shares) from every initial public offering (IPO) be channeled into a Commons Capital Depository, with the associated dividends funding a universal basic dividend
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Sir Paul Collier, Professor of economics and public policy at the University of Oxford

disagrees Brexit
I don’t see the big benefits of leaving - I see a lot of risks. Some international businesses would just decided that Britain was not a good place to locate… that would cost us jobs and tax revenues and that, in turn, would hit ordinary families.
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Bridget Rosewell, Senior Adviser, Volterra Partners

disagrees Brexit
Uncertainty and political disruption could make a difference and will certainly affect Scotland and Northern Ireland
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Alan Budd, Former MPC member

disagrees Brexit
Sources of uncertainty are likely to harm investment spending in the short and medium term
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Pascal Lamy , French political consultant and businessman. Director-General of the WTO 2005-2013

disagrees Brexit
As the former head of the WTO, let me be clear: this would be a terrible replacement for access to the EU single market ... it is very unlikely that the UK would be a more prosperous place [after a Brexit].
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Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics

disagrees Brexit
Huge self-inflicted wound. Business investment will dry up rapidly, and greater uncertainty premia will get built into interest rates. Trade with Euro Area will start declining, and that decline will increase over time
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Douglas Flint, Chairman of HSBC bank

disagrees Brexit
Our strong economic view is that Britain is better within a reformed Europe.
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José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

disagrees Brexit
We [the OECD] made a whole series of calculations and we came out saying Brexit is a tax ... It's equivalent to roughly missing on one month's income within four years and then it carries on ... and there's a consistent loss.
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Kitty Usher, Managing Director, Tooley Street Research

disagrees Brexit
The trend rate of GDP growth will be a little lower due to reduced competitive pressure on UK firms from possible implied or real trade barriers and the negative signal sent to prospective investors seeking to trade with the EU from Britain
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Kate Barker, Former MPC member

disagrees Brexit
Much would depend on the trade negotiations as an "out" and on the reaction of the City - the latter seems likely to be a key negative
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Kelvin Hopkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Luton North

agrees Brexit
It is time for the EU to recognise its failure and leave the countries of Europe to reconstruct the democratic socialist/social democratic post-war world which worked so well.
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Patrick Minford, Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

agrees Brexit
In the medium and long term Breset will herald a major growth-boosting period as the UK breaks free of the over-mighty EU with its protectionist mindset and establishes free trade and intelligent regulation aimed at UK economic interests
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Thomas Piketty,

disagrees Basic Income
I have difficulty in understanding those who insist on wishing to pay a basic income of 500 Euros per month to those earning a salary of 2000 Euros, and then deduct the same sum by raising their taxes deducted at source.
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Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London

agrees Brexit
In the medium term, Brexit would be better for the economy than remaining in an unreformed EU
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Yvette Cooper,

disagrees Brexit
There’s a good reason why the TUC, EEF and IMF are talking about the real risk to our jobs and our economy [if we vote to leave the EU]. It is working class people across Britain who would be hardest hit if we end up losing those jobs.
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Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University & author of Average is Over

disagrees Basic Income
"Let’s send a check to everyone" is an appealing idea, but I've come around to the view that doing so would do more harm than good. [...] It eventually would choke off immigration to the U.S. Voters don't like sending money to immigrants.
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Judy Chevalier, Professor of Finance and Economics at Yale University

The current programs, while having incentive issues and other flaws, disproportionately focus on children and the elderly.
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DeAnne Julius, Former MPC member, Chair of UCL

agrees Brexit
I would expect a month or two of financial market volatility to follow a "Leave" vote, and anxiety by certain business segments but not a significant hit to growth either in the short or medium term
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Caroline Hoxby, Professor of economics at Stanford University

Even if the $13K # came from coherent theory/evidence (which it does NOT), this ignores all tagging logic of social insurance/optimal tax.
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Kenneth Judd, Computational economist at Stanford University

13K is inadequate for anyone with no other income. Some people eligible for welfare choose to not apply, making this proposal unnecessary.
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Angus Deaton, British microeconomist

agrees Basic Income
The government should take care of people with low income and should be pushing basic income grants
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Panicos Demetriades, University of Leicester

disagrees Brexit
There is no doubt that Brexit is a factor that will weigh heavily on the prospects of the UK economy and beyond
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