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The Fondation Brocher is an essential player in this vital thinking process: one which will help make us aware of the real challenges in using our resources for maximum impact on the health of the people of the world.



Professor Daniel Wikler, Harvard University


The Brocher Foundation is a Swiss non-profit private foundation  recognized of public interest. Your donations are tax deductible according to the regulations in force.


May 23 - 24, 2023

The Health Dividend: Can Unconditional Basic Income Address Health Inequities?


Monday 22 May

Dinner at Brocher Foundation

Tuesday 23 May

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Session 1 | Basic Income and Health Inequity

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Session 2 | Health Outcomes and Pathways

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 3 | Basic Income and Mental Health

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Session 4 | Basic Income, Gender and Health

19:00 Dinner

Wednesday 24 May

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00–10:30 Session 5 | Basic Income and the Pandemic

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 2 | Health Dividends as a Political Strategy

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 3 | Health and Basic Income Experiments

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session 4 | Future Directions in Research

18:00 Farewell


This multidisciplinary workshop focuses on the potential for basic income policies to address health inequities. All societies feature a social gradient in health wherein people with higher socioeconomic status live longer and experience better health than people with lower socioeconomic status. While social scientists disagree on the social determinants of these health outcomes and the causal pathways by which they affect people’s health, there is strong evidence that poverty is bad for the health of children and adults. A basic income, a regular, unconditional cash transfer, would appear to be a promising intervention to improve the health outcomes of the socio-economically disadvantaged and so flatten the social gradient. Indeed, there is evidence that interventions similar to a basic income improve health outcomes. This workshop will explore the prospects of basic income policies for addressing health inequities. Participants include ethicists, economists, political scientists, and policy analysts. The workshop will endeavor not only to serve as a research sharing and knowledge mobilization opportunity for participants but also as an opportunity to set a collaborative research agenda.