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Research Shows Giving People Gov’t Check Does Not Discourage Work

Dr. Ioana Marinescu speaking about universal basic income at an SP2 event.

Photography by: Jessica Bautista

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Alaska residents get a government check every year from a state fund that was created from oil revenues. Assistant professor and labor economist Ioana Marinescu, PhD, of the School of Social Policy & Practice was interviewed on Phoenix’s KJZZ radio about her research that found that the free money did not discourage people from working. She found that it had no effect on the employment rate.

Listen to the audio here.

Dr. Marinescu’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Public Economics. She is the economist leading the Data@Work Research Hub, a workforce data gathering and sharing project funded by the Sloan Foundation. She writes a monthly op-ed for the French newspaper Liberation, and a monthly blog post on hiring and management tips backed by research at