Date of Award

Fall 12-13-2022

Degree Type

Honors Thesis



Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Patrick Murphy


Universal basic income is gaining traction, with pilot programs being conducted all over the world. These programs are all organized differently, from their sources of funding to their eligibility criteria. This research draws correlations between organizational strategies of UBI programs and the outcomes their recipients experience. Specifically, it analyzes three contemporary UBI programs within the United States: the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (APFD), and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians per capita payments (EBCI). The research assesses the physical health, mental health, and economic outcomes of the participants in each case study, in order to understand how UBI implementation impacts these three facets of life that often suffer under conditions of poverty. Ultimately, the research aims to answer how universal basic income programs can best be structured to minimize indicators of poverty, and provide policy recommendations for the future of UBI.