Universal Basic Income: What could it mean for gender equality in care work?

Alison Koslowski

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Abstract / Description of output

Support for the idea of a universal Basic Income paid to every eligible adult and child is gaining across the developed world, though it remains a controversial and largely untested proposal. It has been defined as an income paid by a political community to all its members on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement, and would likely have significant implications for all socially valuable activities including those without direct economic benefit; caring is one such activity. Basic Income might replace other benefits, some of which are multi-dimensional in the way that they support citizens, going beyond the financial support that a Basic Income offers. One example is parenting leave, which can have multiple aims, including gender equality in care as well as in the labour market. Whilst advocates argue that Basic Income would alleviate child and maternal poverty, critics are concerned that it would further entrench rather than undermine a gendered division of paid and unpaid labour. This chapter considers the gendered implications of a Basic Income, in particular with regard to early parenthood. It concludes with a discussion of whether or not Basic Income could replace parenting leave policy or whether parenting leave would still be needed as a complementary policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParental Leave and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Developments, Current Issues and Future Directions
EditorsPeter Moss, Ann-Zofie Duvander, Alison Koslowski
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781447338819, 9781447338802
ISBN (Print)9781447338772, 9781447338789
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Universal Basic Income
  • parenting leave
  • gender equality
  • multi-dimensional benefits


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