Thousands of people in Kenya are getting free money for 12 years in an experiment that could redefine social welfare around the world

  • Across dozens of Kenyan villages, thousands of people are enrolled in an experiment that gives them nearly double their normal income for up to 12 years.
  • The experiment is testing “universal basic income,” an idea for reducing poverty that establishes an income floor.
  • GiveDirectly, the charity running the experiment, will analyze spending data to learn how basic income affects factors like quality of life and gender equality.
  • Basic income advocates think the study could transform how governments around the world think about social welfare.

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