Does receiving a basic income create a disincentive to work?

8 answers

  • UBI appears to create a small decrease in working hours, with the new spare time being spent on family and education.

  • Not as much as welfare benefits with requirements already do.

  • It depends on the definition of "work": there are many forms of labour that go unpaid, such as housework or caring for a relative. More time for these things would be good for everybody.

  • Humans generally enjoy and find meaning in doing useful work. It would be better for our general happiness if we could afford to do a healthy amount of work, rather than taking on as many extra hours as possible just to make ends meet.

  • Nobody would want to do the unpleasant or less satisfying jobs that are unfortunately necessary in our society.

  • If people are disincentivised to do "bullshit" jobs (as a fair amount of white-collar office work seems to be), or jobs that could be automated away, that would be a good thing.

  • To many, having a job will always be a status symbol and a form of social inclusion.

  • On the contrary, the guarantee of a basic income would incentivise entrepreneurship and enable more people to start new businesses.