Professor Alfred Kleinknecht takes us on a tour along different ethical dilemmas which arise in economic approaches to the unconditional basic income and its alternatives.
The world of work is in transition, confronting societies with complex social and ethical challenges regarding questions of fairness, equality, security and autonomy. Some consider an unconditional basic income the perfect instrument to create a more just society, while others perceive it as the epitome of injustice. What ethical dilemmas arise when considering the introduction of an unconditional basic income? Should everyone have the right to an unconditional basic income? And what can be said about principles of equality and inequality? Professor Alfred Kleinknecht takes us on a tour along different ethical dilemmas which arise in economic approaches to the unconditional basic income and its alternatives.
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. Explore in a lecture series what unconditional basic income entails and what makes it both a fascinating and a contested idea when it comes to making societies future-proof.
Alfred Kleinknecht is Emeritus Professor of Economics. He has worked at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, and TU Delft. He is now a Visiting Researcher at the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung in Dusseldorf. He has conducted research on wage moderation and labour market flexibility in relation to innovation and labour productivity, and written about numerous other economic issues.