Category Archives: Opinion

The Greater Happiness for the More Workers: Basic Income vs Job Guarantee Pt 2

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 San Francisco Public Library

We have reason to support a universal basic income over a job guarantee even if we grant that most people would be happier when employed than when not. Two points are key: a UBI does not prevent individuals from working; a UBI, but not a JG, would benefit the minority of individuals who do fare better outside of traditional employment.

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Basic Income, Job Guarantees and the Non-Monetary Value of Jobs: Response to Davenport and Kirby

CC BY 2.0 Daily Sunny

Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby, the authors of Only Humans Need Apply, favor a job guarantee (JB) over a universal basic income (UBI). In this first part of a three-part article, I review their main argument, and assess one their central claims: the supposition that joblessness causes people to be less happy (irrespective of income).

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