Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland

The aim of this report is to provide an assessment of the economic impacts of introducing a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) in Scotland.

It has been prepared by researchers at the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, Manchester Metropolitan University and IPPR Scotland. In order to capture a realistic picture of the reality of a CBI in Scotland, we look at both the payment of the CBI itself, and the increase in tax that would be required to pay for it.

The assessment of how it may impact upon the economy is then put together by quantifying both the direct impact on people’s incomes and, based on available evidence, the range of possible decisions and behaviours that may follow.


The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) is a leading economy research institute based in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.