Basic Income Studies
Ed. by Haagh, Anne-Louise / Howard, Michael
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CiteScore 2017: 0.70
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Keep On Working: Unconditional Basic Income in the Lab
Our real-effort laboratory experiment compares an unconditional basic income (UBI) scheme with conventional systems with and without redistribution, respectively. Participants chose between three options: working for themselves, working for the group, or enjoying leisure. Neither the choice of options nor that of work efforts is sensitive to the transfer scheme even though UBI constitutes a natural reference point for participants’ earnings in our experiment. However, UBI significantly reduced income dispersion at only a small cost in terms of forgone production and budget deficit.