There isn't enough evidence on frequency of payments to determine the right strategy for basic income.

"It is not yet clear whether Guaranteed Income should be disbursed in small, regular payments. Given the harmful effects of income shortfalls and the prevalence of income volatility among working and lower middle class households, one might think small, regular payments are preferable. We believe, however, that evidence on the impact of disbursement frequency could be stronger and that further research on this topic would be beneficial. In fact, the program design for the Compton Pledge guaranteed income pilot that JFI assisted on includes an experimental analysis of how differing disbursement frequencies shape consumption, savings, and material well-being. It is reasonable to expect that some recipients would benefit from less frequent lump sum payments and, if so, we should consider the feasibility of offering a choice. We look forward to revisiting this topic when the results become available."

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