“If a country doesn’t have a strong legislative branch or separation of powers, it should not implement basic income”

Conference “Basic income as a prologue to XXI-century social policy” was held in November last year by the Higher School of Economics with support from the The European Dialogue Expert Group and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia. We have already published the key points and conclusions and now we are delighted to offer you transcripts of keynote speakers’ presentations as part of Unconditional Basic Income, a special project undertaken by the Group. Eugene Gontmakher, Higher School of Economics, Professor, was the first speaker at the conference. He focused on myths and legends about basic income, the benefits it can provide, and prerequisites for its implementation.

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