Should There be a Universal Basic Income (UBI)?

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Wealthy countries should provide citizens with a universal basic income (UBI).

  • A UBI reduces crime.

  • A UBI is more efficient and effective than traditional welfare programs.

  • A UBI makes it possible for some people to work less.

  • A UBI reduces inequalities and enhances social mobility.

  • A UBI better rewards meaningful contributions to society, such as domestic labour, art, volunteering, engaging with politics, and pursuing higher education.

  • A UBI enhances working conditions.

  • A UBI helps the labor market adapt to disruptive changes to the technology and culture of work, such as automation and artificial intelligence.

  • A UBI makes it more likely that people will attempt to start their own companies, or become self-employed.

  • A UBI helps downsize government bureaucracies.

  • A UBI enhances the freedom and dignity of individuals.

  • UBIs that meet the poverty line are too expensive for governments to afford.

  • A UBI has negative effects on the national economy due to effects such as inflation and higher tax rates.

  • A UBI reduces the political will needed to continue other welfare programs.

  • A UBI erodes the personal and societal incentives for financial responsibility, self-improvement, and hard work.

  • A UBI enables people to work less or leave the workforce permanently.

  • UBIs could be used by political elites to avoid addressing structural injustices.

  • A UBI is subject to fraud.