The BIG Library – Books on Basic Income

People consider Scott Santens an expert on the topic of basic income and so he is frequently asked for book recommendations. Because of that, he has decided to put together a comprehensive list on Medium which he will make a point of updating as new books are released and old books are discovered. If you don’t see a book here and think it should be listed, please let him know so that he can add it.

Optionally, if you wish to purchase one of these books, please consider using Amazon Smile which you can do by changing in the url to This will give a portion of the purchase to charity, and the charity I recommend is GiveDirectly because that will help support their historic 12 year long universal basic income experiment in West Africa.

Also, due to popular request, books of fiction that include basic income can be found at the end of this list. And if you’re looking for academic papers to read instead, there’s Basic Income Studies which is a peer-reviewed journal, and here’s a great list of discussion papers on and also

Note: List is ordered by release year chronological order