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USBIG 5th Congress Call for Papers
The Basic Income Guarantee is an unconditional, government-insured guarantee that all citizens will have enough income to meet their basic needs


Deadline for Submission is October 29, 2005

(please circulate)

The Fifth Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:
Resources and Rights

Philadelphia, PA February 24-26, 2006

Featured speakers: Nicolaus Tideman and Heather Boushey
Organizers: Eri Noguchi, Michael Lewis, and Al Sheahen

The Fifth Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network will be held in conjunction with the Eastern Economic Association (EEA) Annual Conference in Philadelphia at the Loews Hotel 1200 Market Street Philadelphia, Friday February 24 to Sunday February 26, 2006. USBIG attendees are welcome to attend any of the hundreds of sessions at the EEA Conference. The Congress is co-sponsored by USBIG and the Citizen Policies Institute.

The USBIG network is a discussion group on the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in the United States—a policy that would unconditionally guarantee at least a subsistence-level income for everyone.

Featured speakers confirmed so far include Nicolaus Tideman, of Virginia Polytechnic Institute University, and Heather Boushey, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Tideman is a former Senior Staff Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and is currently the chair of the economics department at Virginia Tech. He has published more than 75 articles in academic journals and collective volumes. His research focuses on voting rules, land value taxation, and economic justice. Boushey’s research examines health insurance coverage, trends in the U.S. labor market, and how families balance work and child care needs. She is the coauthor of The State of Working American 2002-03 and Hardships in America: The Real Story of Working Families.

Scholars, activists, and others are invited to attend, to propose papers & presentations, and to organize panel discussions. Proposals are welcome on topics relating to the Basic Income Guarantee or to the current state of poverty and inequality. Suggested topics include the political economy of BIG; the history of BIG; gender, family, and labor market issues of BIG; rights and responsibilities relating to BIG; refundable tax credits as a path to BIG; and empirical issues of BIG and of poverty including cost estimates. The purpose of the conference is discussion, and all points of view are welcome. The USBIG Congress is entirely autonomous in content and submissions are welcome in any academic discipline and from non-academics.

The four previous USBIG Congresses have been attended by a wide range of academics and activists from the United States and many other countries. They have proven to be a good venue for dialogue between academics and activists. Papers from USBIG Congresses have been published in a symposium in the Review of Social Economy (January 2005), in a special issue in the Journal of Socio-Economics (January 2005), and in a book entitled the Economics and Ethics of the Basic Income Guarantee (Lewis, Pressman, and Widerquist eds. 2005). Many more papers from USBIG Congresses have been published in academic journals and popular magazines.

Proposals for presentations should include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Affiliation (if applicable), including job title and employer
  3. Address including City, State, Zip Code (Postal Code), and Country
  4. Telephone number
  5. Email Address
  6. Title of the presentation
  7. Abstract (summary of 50 to 150 words)

Proposals for panel discussions should include a title, topic, and description of the panel and the information above for each participant. If the participants are not presenting formal papers, the title of the paper and abstract may be omitted. Panels with formal paper presentations should be limited to four presentations, although discussions without formal papers can include more.

Presentations at this year’s conference will be organized into two groups: Academic panels (including researchers in all disciplines) will be organized by Michael Anthony Lewis and Eri Noguchi. Nonacademic panels (including activists, practitioners, and laypersons) will be organized by Al Sheahen.

Academic proposals should be directed to Eri Noguchi at en16@columbia.edu.

Nonacademic proposals should be directed to Al Sheahen at alsheahen@prodigy.net.

If you are not sure which area your presentation best fits: You are not required to have any credentials to present in either area. Academic sessions can expect to have an audience made up mostly of people who have or are working on Ph.D.s while nonacademic presentations can expect to have a more mixed audience made up of fewer professors and more activists and lay persons. If you’re still not sure, ask the organizers.

EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS MUST REGISTER WITH THE EEA. Indicate on your registration form that you will be attending the USBIG conference and you can register at the members’ price ($45 in advance and $60 on site) without paying the EEA membership fee (saving more than half of the total cost). EEA regration information here. Information about registration will be on the USBIG website soon. For more information see the USBIG website (http://www.usbig.net) or contact the conference organizers (Michael Anthony Lewis and Eri Noguchi at en16@columbia.edu, and Al Sheahen at alsheahen@prodigy.net).