About the UBI Center

Our mission: To produce open-source research that informs a robust policy debate around universal basic income.


UBI is worth serious research and public discourse.

Philosophers and economists have explored universal basic income for centuries, and a new appetite for bold ideas opens an opportunity for UBI, if it can become associated with real policy. Policymakers, advocates, and the media need to know how we'd fund it and whom it would affect in what ways. The UBI Center analyzes specific UBI policies, produces UBI plans, builds tools to communicate results, and evaluates policies in the vein of UBI.

The future of policy analysis is open-source.

Nearly all public policy analysis is performed by organizations that keep their code private, making it impossible to reproduce the analysis or adjust it with different parameters. Relying on organizations' trustworthiness reinforces political divisions and slows progress toward consistent analysis from the policy research community. Open-source analysis enables analysts to build credibility from peer review and produces better models from which we can all benefit.

All UBI Center work is on GitHub (soon this website will be too!). We welcome researchers who want to check our work, extend it to other analyses, or just help out. There's a lot to do, from building interactive graphics to analyzing more policies to incorporating labor responses and more.

Thanks to the Open Source Policy Center and Policy Simulation Library, whose models underlie much of the UBI Center's analyses.


Max Ghenis, Founder and President (US)

Max Ghenis is the founder and president of the UBI Center. He is also a member of the Policy Simulation Library's leadership council, and was previously a data scientist at Google. Max has a master's degree in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from MIT and a bachelor's degree in operations research from UC Berkeley.

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Nate Golden, Research Associate (US)

Nate Golden is a math teacher in DC Public Schools, and formerly worked in the same position in Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools. Additionally, he has worked as a policy advisor for State Representative Leslie Herod of Colorado and a researcher for The Colorado League of Charter Schools through the Urban Leaders Fellowship summer program. Nate has a bachelor's degree in economics from Penn State University. He believes in the importance of policy work to alleviate poverty and inequality.

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John Walker, Research Assistant (Australia)

John Walker is a researcher in development and health economics at the University of Sydney. John is interested in how evaluation techniques from econometrics can be used to build more robust public policy that is sensitive to the needs of program recipients. In the past few years, John has worked and volunteered in monitoring and evaluation and community engagement roles with development economics-focused NGOs, including the Global Green Growth Institute and RESULTS Australia. John holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and is preparing to begin their Master’s program in development economics at MIT in Spring 2021.

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Nikhil Woodruff, Research Assistant (UK)

Nikhil Woodruff is a student at the University of Durham, UK studying Computer Science, where his interests include data science, simulation and its applications on public policy. Nikhil has previously interned at Caspian, where he worked in improving anti-money laundering investigations.

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Charles Bauman, Research Assistant (UK)

Charles Bauman is a student at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is pursuing a Master's degree in Theory and History of International Relations. He previously was an intern for the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, where he researched economic and foreign policy. Charles received a Master's degree in Medieval History from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree in History from Northwest Nazarene University.


Praneet Rathi, Research Assistant (US)

Praneet Rathi is a rising senior in high school from the northern suburbs of Chicago. His interests lie at the intersection of math, computer science, and economics, and he looks forward to study these topics in college. He is excited to see the impact UBI Center will have in facilitating more open discussions regarding eliminating poverty while maintaining the economy.

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Matt Gilbert, Research Assistant (US)

Matt Gilbert is a rising senior at Harvard University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science. He has previously worked for two startups in the clean energy field. He has also been involved with Harvard for Yang and Boston Basic Income. Matt has written a series of columns about universal basic income for the Harvard Crimson, a student-run newspaper. He believes that a world without poverty is possible.

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Brian McNitt, Research Assistant (US)

Brian McNitt currently works in tech as a data analyst. He holds a bachelor's degree in business analytics from Suffolk University, where he is active in the alumni mentor program. Brian is interested in using quantitative methods in research, and understanding the effects of UBI.

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Ankit Dhingra, Research Assistant (Canada)

Ankit holds an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada, and is currently finishing his MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. Most recently, Ankit worked with PwC Canada, where he led business intelligence for the retail and telecom sector. In total, he brings 9 years of corporate research and analysis experience. An aspiring policy analyst, Ankit’s interest lies in development and health policy. He is currently preparing his applications for public policy programs in Canada.

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Basit Naqvi, Research Assistant (Pakistan)

Basit holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a minor in Mathematics from Colorado State University. He is an aspiring researcher in the field of development economics and would like to contribute to more robust policymaking, particularly focused toward alleviating poverty and reducing inequality in developing countries. Moving forward, he would also like to understand the role of corruption in developing countries and help improve state capacity.

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Brendan Hassan, Research Assistant (UK)

Brendan Hassan is entering his final year of studying towards a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the University of Surrey. He also plays quarterback for the football team, where he is team captain and president of the club. At the Students' Union, Brendan is a member of the Activity Zone, where he helps to run clubs and societies at Surrey.

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Want to help out?

Email contact@ubicenter.org, or consider supporting the UBI Center's work with a donation.

To make a tax-deductible donation instead, you can contribute to the Policy Simulation Library and let us know at contact@ubicenter.org.