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Evening lecture by Jurgen De Wispelaere: “Basic income as an Eco-Social Policy Instrument? A Preliminary Framework and Comparative Analysis of Policy Alternatives”

Mai 11, 2023 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

On Thursday, 11th May, Prof. Dr. De Wispelaere will present an evening lecture on “Basic income as an Eco-Social Policy Instrument? A Preliminary Framework and Comparative Analysis of Policy Alternatives”.

Time: 6:15 – 7:45 pm

Online via Zoom (Links will be provided via mail)

Abstract: For decades basic income has been hailed as an eco-friendly policy and concurrently Green Parties in Europe and elsewhere are amongst its staunchest political supporters. In recent years, basic income has come under attack from a number of policy competitors that all claim to be the real drivers of eco-social policy reform. These include: participation income, universal basic services, job guarantee programs, and forced reduction (and redistribution) of labour time through four-day work week programs. Despite a number of obvious synergies, each of these policies are typically pitched as direct competitors to the basic income proposal. The eco-social state debate has adopted a strong zero-sum approach in which we are forced to opt for one policy and ditch the others, as opposed to thinking the eco-social state as a policyscape in which a mix of different policies might be the optimal scenario. In this presentation I am more interested in exploring the comparative advantages for each of these proposals. To do so I propose to first set out a framework for the comparative analysis of competing eco-social policy proposals. Next I apply this framework briefly to examine the relative merits of basic income over its main competitors. Finally, I reflect on the need to rethink the debate on eco-social policy reform as a positive-sum game featuring a mix of various policy instruments.

This evening lecture is part of the event series “UBITrans Public Seminar Series” of the FRIBIS-Team UBITrans

For registration, please send an e-mail to Deadline for registration is on Wednesday, 10th May 2023.


Mai 11, 2023
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm


FRIBIS – Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies
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