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posted by martyb on Thursday January 20, @01:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the of-course-nobody-ever-gets-bored dept.

Study: Basic income would not reduce people's willingness to work:

A basic income would not necessarily mean that people would work less. This is the conclusion of a series of behavioral experiments by cognitive psychologist Fenna Poletiek, social psychologist Erik de Kwaadsteniet and cognitive psychologist Bastiaan Vuyk. They also found indications that people with a basic income are more likely to find a job that suits them better.

The psychologists received a grant from the FNV union to research the behavioral effects of a basic income. They simulated the reward structure of different forms of social security in an experiment. "We got people to do a task on a computer," says De Kwaadsteniet. "In multiple rounds, which represented the months they had to work, they did a boring task in which they had to put points on a bar. The more of these they did, the more money they earned."

The psychologists researched three different conditions: no social security, a conditional benefits system and an unconditional basic income. De Kwaadsteniet: "In the condition without social security, the test participants didn't receive a basic sum. In the benefits condition they received a basic sum, which they lost as soon as they started working. In the basic income condition they received the same basic sum but didn't lose this when they started work."

The basic income did not cause a reduction in the participants' willingness to work and efforts, say the psychologists. Nor did their salary expectations increase. "In the discussion on a basic income, it's sometimes said that people will sit around doing nothing if you give them free money," says Poletiek, who saw no indications of such a behavioral effect.

What would you do if you were to receive a basic income?


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @03:10AM (10 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @03:10AM (#1214044)

    Same with risk. There's a great fear of it that smothers many a nascent enterprise. My take is that someone who won't try a nascent enterprise with the light levels of risk we have now, wouldn't with UBI.

    My god you're delusional.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by khallow on Thursday January 20, @04:51AM (9 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 20, @04:51AM (#1214069) Journal
    I just settle for being right. The whole "too big to fail" thing that went on a dozen years ago was a classic example of this. Because businesses failing was bad, financial regulators made things greatly worse by protecting a variety of poor business decisions.

    Kell pointed out a strategy that worked really well. One spouse does something risky while covered by the work of the other spouse. There are hundreds of millions of households throughout the developed world that can do that without needing UBI.
    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @10:03AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @10:03AM (#1214113)

      Being on the right side of the political spectrum doesn't preclude being delusional, in fact the symptoms commonly present together.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @10:16AM (7 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @10:16AM (#1214115)

      So simple. How has that plan worked for you?

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday January 20, @01:36PM (6 children)

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 20, @01:36PM (#1214140) Journal
        Pretty well. Perhaps you ought to try something similar rather than complain - I assume you're complaining?
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @07:24PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @07:24PM (#1214294)

          Working pretty well? They're right, you are delusional.

          • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday January 20, @08:00PM

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 20, @08:00PM (#1214314) Journal
            You asked, I answered. And you state no reason for your belief that what is working well for me somehow is not.
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @10:13AM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @10:13AM (#1214477)

          Just gotta find a spouse first. Maybe you could give some tips. How did you nail yours down?

          • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday January 22, @01:38PM (2 children)

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 22, @01:38PM (#1214779) Journal

            Just gotta find a spouse first.

            I suggest starting by not being a shitty human being. You can do that, right? You could also try saving money. I get that this is an alien concept to most UBI advocates, but you can self-fund your own basic income.

            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @02:27AM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23, @02:27AM (#1214910)

              Then what? You aren't giving a lot to go on here.