SG-activity: Unconditional Basic Income: Adapting Society to the Changing World of Work?


SG-activity - Unconditional Basic Income: Adapting Society to the Changing World of Work?

Dr. Marcel Canoy discusses the extent to which an unconditional basic income could be an answer to contemporary labour market transitions.

Organisator Studium Generale, Impulse

di 22 november 2016 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

What if everyone would receive an unconditional basic income? It’s not fantasy but an idea being experimented with, even in Wageningen. Enthusiasts and opponents alike can be found across the political spectrum. Join Studium Generale to find out what unconditional basic income entails and what makes it both a fascinating and a contested idea when it comes to making societies future-proof.

From robotisation and automation to growing labour market flexibility, the world of “work” in many advanced economies is changing. Rising insecurity and inequality and the vulnerable position of the self-employed challenge traditional notions of wage income. Some would say it is high time to rethink how people generate an income and participate in labour systems. Dr. Marcel Canoy will explore the idea of an unconditional basic income from a broad economic perspective, deliberately going beyond a purely financial analysis. Discover what diverse standpoints exist on the unconditional basic income among those searching for social innovation in economies.


Marcel Canoy is Distinguished Lecturer at the Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance (ESAA, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam), and advisor at ACM (The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets). In addition, he is a columnist for Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad (FD).