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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @01:05PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 20, @01:05PM (#1214136)

    And the trouble with Marx is that he ignored the work of the entrepreneur, which is actually the most important part. The fundamental premise of capitalism is that the most important part of the job is deciding what to make, how to make it, and convincing people to pay for it, and that assembly line workers are pretty much interchangeable.

    The fundamental premise of communism is that the most important part of the job is working on the assembly line, and everything else could be done by interchangeable bureaucrats.

    The entire 20th century was a huge experiment to determine who was right, and the answer is not in doubt. The fact that some people don't like the answer does not change anything.

    Steve Jobs and Elon Musk have ten thousand times more money than their employees because you can't replace them with ten thousand employees.