A universal basic income in the superstar (digital) economy

White, Andrew (2018) A universal basic income in the superstar (digital) economy. Ethics and Social Welfare . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1749-6535

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This paper argues that the structural logic of the digital economy is to widen inequality, not only through its increasing automation of jobs but also in its efficiency in delivering ever greater profits to a smaller number of already-enriched organisations and individuals. Remedial actions that might be taken to mitigate the effects of some of the digital economy’s structural flaws are interrogated here, with a particular focus on universal basic income (UBI) and stake-holding schemes. The paper considers whether the digital economy’s inherent problems are of such magnitude that some sort of financial support for workers to buttress long periods of idleness, or to enable them to take risks in increasingly volatile and unstable global markets, is both desirable and politically feasible.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics and Social Welfare on 24 August 2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496535.2018.1512138?af=R
Keywords: Universal basic income; digital economy; automation; joblessness
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Communications
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2018.1512138
Depositing User: Zhou, Elsie
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2019 04:30
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/53819

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