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B-Mincome: Piloting Basic Income in the City of Barcelona

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Lluís Torrens Mèlich, Director of Planning and Innovation, Department of Social Rights, City Council of Barcelona


Poverty and social inequality have increased in Barcelona since the financial crisis began. Income per capita has increased 11% in rich districts, while it has fallen by 27% in the poorest districts. The income gap has more than doubled over the past five years.

B-Mincome is a pilot project, led by Barcelona City Council, to implement a Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) that would supplement income for households in the poorest areas of the city. The core elements of the pilot will include: testing several types of GMI - from conditional and limited, to unconditional and unlimited (similar to a Basic Income); and combining a GMI with existing public and private policies, a social currency, and strengthening resident and community initiatives. It is projected that 1,000 households will receive the Basic Income over two years.

The main evaluation of this pilot project will look at how many people move out of poverty (efficacy), and the net monetary results for Barcelona (efficiency).

Join us with Lluís Torrens Mèlich on May 18th at 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT to learn about the City of Barcelona's approach to addressing poverty through a guaranteed minimum income, key insights on the pilot project, and their plans for measuring success.



LluisTorrens.jpgLluís Torrens Mèlich
Lluís Torrens is the Director of Planning and Innovation for the Department of Social Rights of the Barcelona City Council. He is also an Associate Professor of Economics at the School of International Trade in Barcelona (Pompeu Fabra University) and University of Barcelona. As a specialist in Applied Economics, Lluís Torrens has published several studies on the European, Spanish and Catalan economies. He has conducted several studies on the attraction of foreign direct investment in Barcelona and Catalonia, and the competitiveness of European metropolitan regions. In 2005, he received the X Prize Catalunya d’Economia de la Societat Catalana d’Economia for his research on the strategies of European metropolitan regions to the EU enlargement. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Economy of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

Lluís Torrens is a member of Red Renta Básica network, the Spanish chapter of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). He has written several articles and papers about the affordability of implementing a Basic Income in Spain and its regions.

Lluís Torren earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Master of Economic Analysis in the Department of Economics at the UAB and the Institute of Economic Analysis (CSIC), and received a PDG from the IESE Business School.