Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, “Employment or Income Guarantees: Which Would Do the Better Job?”

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Professor Emerita of Social Work at Adelphi University, evaluates the relative merits of income guarantees and job guarantees in a recent article for the national US labor journal New Labor Forum (published by the Murphy Institute and the City University of New York).

The paper ends inconclusively (and with a Philippe van Parijs quote):

There are important drawbacks to both approaches. The UBI is expensive, inefficient and, in the United States, counter-culture. By contrast, the JG suffers from public denial of the magnitude of unemployment, its dependence on government expansion, and the enmity of powerful interest groups. Yet the serious problems that both strategies address impel us to continue to discuss, debate, advocate, agitate, modify, and perhaps find alternatives. As Van Parijs writes, “. . . seismic events do occur, and it is important to prepare intellectually for when a political opportunity suddenly arises.”

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, “Employment or Income Guarantees: Which Would Do the Better Job?” New Labor Forum 2016, Vol 25(3): 92-100


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Kate is a former professional student at the Ohio State University (PhD Philosophy 2015, MS Statistics 2009, BS Mathematics 2006) and philosophy instructor. She began writing and reporting for Basic Income News in March 2016, and soon thereafter a member of BIEN's Executive Committee as well as Secretary of BIEN's US affiliate (USBIG). Kate has lately received a grant from the Economic Security Project to support her work at BIEN through 2017, and has received additional contributions through Patreon.

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