AAAE - Robin Boadway - Implementing a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada: Prospects and Problems

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Friday 01 November 2019, 12:00 - 13:45


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WHO: Robin Boadway, Professor of Economics, Queen’s University

BIO: Robin Boadway is currently Emeritus Professor at Queen's University where he taught from 1973 to 2013. His research interests have been in the areas of public sector economics and welfare economics, with special emphasis on tax theory and policy, redistribution, fiscal federalism and cost-benefit analysis. Professor Boadway has a degree in engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, a degree in economics from Oxford and a Ph.D. in economics from Queen’s. For his full bio:

WHAT: Implementing a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada: Prospects and Problems

DESCRIPTION: We first review the case for a basic income guarantee in Canada. Next, we summarize challenges in implementing it, especially the need to involve both federal and provincial governments. Finally, we outline an adequate and affordable basic income guarantee which a) is implemented through the income tax system, b) draws on our experience with income and sales tax harmonization, and c) is financed mainly by diverting funds from existing income-tested transfers. We illustrate the proposal using simulations based on Statistics Canada's SPSD/M database.

WHEN: Friday, November 1st, 2019 12:00pm to 1:45pm (Atlantic Daylight Time)

WHERE: Bank of Canada Halifax office boardroom - 1701 Hollis Street, 13th floor

COST: Due to individual dietary needs, we are offering new registration options should you wish to bring your own lunch.

  • Member
    • lunch - $10
    • No lunch - $5
    • Teleconference - $5
  • Non member
    • Lunch - $20
    • No lunch - $15
    • Teleconference - $15

CONFERENCE CALL: A Skype and/or teleconference call option is available for those living outside of Halifax. The cost is the same as for in-person attendance.

REGISTRATION: Seating is limited and spaces will be reserved until we reach capacity. Visit the CABE Store to register for this event. You must register no later than end of day Wednesday, October 30th.

Refunds will not be provided for cancellations. Please note that individuals seeking to register after Wednesday, October 30th will be charged a late registration fee of $20. Late registration can be made at the CABE store.


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Location Bank of Canada Atlantic Regional Office
1701 Hollis St., 13th Floor
B3J 3M8
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