Universal Basic Income
The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has gained momentum in recent years. Proponents assert that a UBI will dramatically simplify and improve upon the current welfare state model. However, real-world implementation is anything but basic. No serious answers have been found to the question of how to finance such a system, and economists are also concerned about the negative effects of a UBI on people's willingness to work. The topic is explored in the current Intereconomics Forum: Universal Basic Income: The Promise vs The Practicalities.
To discuss this important topic further, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics present two newly published works by two of the biggest names in the field of universal basic income: Thomas Straubhaar and Philippe Van Parijs. The two authors will present their main arguments, and a discussion will follow on the practicalities of universal basic income, led by Gerhard Bosch.
The book presentations and subsequent discussion will be held in English. Intereconomics invites you to join us on 7 June 2017 at 6.00 pm at the ZBW in Hamburg. Further details and registration information can be found here.