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Volatility, Agency, and Health: A City-Led Guaranteed Income Experiment

Project Summary: 

The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) is the country’s first city-led guaranteed income pilot. The research team is evaluating the impacts of the additional income on a variety of outcomes – including, but not limited to, financial security, civic engagement, and health and wellness – while simultaneously anchoring policy proof of concept in the lives and perspectives of Stocktonians. The purpose of this research is to test the effects of a guaranteed income on volatility, inequity drivers, and social determinants of health. The experiment will inform forthcoming guaranteed income demonstrations and provide new knowledge to influence public discourse.

Outcomes:

Health: psychological distress, physical functioning, food security, perceived stress and well-being

Other: income volatility, family dynamics and parenting, material hardship, reduction in use of public benefits, healthcare utilization, and interactions with the child welfare system

Methodology:

Experimental parallel mixed methods design with treatment, active control, and administrative control groups. Quantitative data is collected prior to disbursement and is collected at four six-month intervals for a total of 24 observation months. A purposive qualitative sample of participants are selected to participate in 1:1 semi-structured interviews to determine how decision-making about the monthly disbursements was weighed alongside existing network responsibilities and safety net thresholds. Participatory action research groups will also be held with community members to develop a learning agenda on implementing guaranteed basic income in urban settings.

Principal Investigators: 

Stacia Martin-West, MSSW, PhD

Amy Castro Baker, PhD, MSW

Grant Start Date: 
July 2019
Award Amount & Duration: 

$678,315 & 36 months