Timing: 18:00 - 20:30

Universal Basic Income: the way to prosperity or idleness?

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The concept of a universal basic income (UBI) is becoming increasingly popular in discussions about how to combat poverty and reduce inequality. Advocates for UBI include not only leftists, but also neoliberals, who see it as an opportunity to reduce the role of the state, and techies eager to compensate for automation-induced unemployment.

Join DOC to discuss the pros, cons and potential impact of Universal Basic Income. Is it the way to prosperity or idleness?

Supporters of UBI believe it would free people from monotonous jobs, allowing them to meet their creative potential, hopefully having a positive impact on economic growth. UBI could also help to solve persistent unemployment, improve living standards and limit economic inequality.

However opponents believe a UBI would discourage people from working, be expensive to fund and may ignore or worsen other problems within society.

UBI trials are happening in many countries Finland, Kenya and India. Although they differ in important respects, all trials seek to analyse the impact of guaranteeing every individual a steady income.

At this evening event we will hear from Universal Basic Income experts coming from diverse countries to discuss the pros and cons of this controversial and intriguing new policy.

Key questions we will consider include:

  • Is UBI an appropriate policy tool to face today’s challenges?
  • How might UBI be applied differently in diverse regions and contexts?
  • How would UBI policies be funded?

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Sarath Davala – Vice-Chair, Basic Income Earth Network & Coordinator, India Network for Basic Income

Dr Yuan Zheng – National Economist, United Nations Development Programme China

Fred Harrison – Research Director, Land Research Trust

Klemens Witte – Research Associate, Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute

This event is essential for those who are interested in enhancing their understanding on one of the most interesting social policy debates happening now.

Registration is necessary to attend this event. Please register below.

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