Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Basic Income: Who Knows What Is The Right Job For You?

"…some of these jobs can by lousy, degrading dead-end jobs, which should not be promoted. Others are pleasant, enriching stepping-stone jobs, which are worth taking even at low pay because of their intrinsic value or the training they provide. Who can tell the difference? Not legislators or bureaucrats, but the individual workers who can be relied upon to know far more than what is known "at the top" about the countless facets of the job they do or consider taking. They have the knowledge that would enable them to be discriminating, but not always the power to do so… A work-unconditional basic income endows the weakest with bargaining power in a way a work-conditional guaranteed income does not."
Philippe Van Parijs, 2003, Basic Income: A Simple and Powerful Idea for the 21st Century., Redesigning Distribution., p12.

"In the absence of a means test, the tax and benefit structure can be expected to be such that beneficiaries can significantly increase their disposable incomes by working, even at a low rate and on a part-time basis, and without being trapped in such jobs once their skills improve or once they can improve their working time. Moving into the work sphere will therefore be facilitated and encouraged, …"
Philippe Van Parijs, 2000, Basic Income: A Simple and Powerful Idea for the 21st Century., Redesigning Distribution.

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