Cash Transfers as Basic Income: A Transformative Approach to Attack Poverty in India


Friday, March 6, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Malkin Penthouse


Renana Jhabvala, Chairperson, SEWA- Bharat/India


Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, MIT and Co-founder J-Pal

Social policy in India is at a critical juncture. In that context, recently SEWA has been conducting pilot unconditional cash transfer “basic income” schemes, in which thousands of men, women and children have been receiving cash payments in their bank accounts, paid individually each month. The research has been compiled into a book based on the evaluation of the results, based on a modified randomized control trial methodology, covering 22 villages in Madhya Pradesh but also drawing on evidence from elsewhere. Renana Jhabvala, one of the researchers will be sharing the findings while Prof Abhjit Banerjee, MIT and Co-founder of J-PAL will Chair the discussion.

Lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program and India Caucus at HKS