Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment data

There has recently been renewed interest, in the news, regarding a universal basic income. This discussion sometimes refers to Mincome or the Manitoba Basic Annual Income Experiment. This experiment took place in Winnipeg and Dauphin back in the 1970s. Some of you might be interested to know that the data and documentation for this can now be accessed at:

Mincome overview and links to documentation

Mincome data - six Excel data files and documentation

Revisiting Manitoba's basic-income experiment / Professor Gregory Mason. 

Professor Mason was part of the "Institute for Social and Economic Research", which used to be located at the University of Manitoba. This is the agency that documented and processed the Mincome data. Professor Mason is largely responsible for resurrecting this data.

Credit should also go to the University of Toronto (Leanne Trimble) and the University of British Columbia (Paul Lesack) for supplying us with the raw data and some of the documentation. 

I believe both sites retained this data thanks to the foresight of Laine Ruus.

Finally, credit should also go to Lisa O'Hara, Carell  Jackimiek, and Mullai Manickavalli for setting up the University of Manitoba dataverse, where the data can now be accessed.

Further to...
Wow!  What a wonderful message.  And to add to the good news, Prof. Evelyn Forget, a Health Economist from the University of Manitoba has revisited the data and conducted a quasi-experimental analyses.  If your researchers are interested in the data and her work, you might direct them to her.  She's also part of the CNRDC network of research data centres across Canada.

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