Universal basic income will be on the ballot in Switzerland in June 2016. A few weeks before the referendum, on May 4th, a conference will be held in Zurich, to evaluate whether such a proposal could work. The conference, who has received support from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, will bring together renowned economists, political scientists and business leaders to rethink social systems in an age of digitalization and robotics.
On the day after the workshop, May 5th, YSI will host a workshop to discuss Universal Basic Income and its macroeconomic and fiscal feasibility, as well as its potential impact on society at large.
Deadline to register for the Future of Work Conference as a YSI participant has passed, but the YSI workshop is free and open to all. It is still possible to register for the conference directly (see conference webpage).
Program for YSI Workshop, Thursday, May 5th
|10.30||Tom Ferguson (INET): How basic income affects the way we perceive “work”|
|10:50||Panel: Perspectives on Universal Basic Income: Tool for redistribution or for financing innovation.|
Michael Tanner (Cato), Anthony Painter (RSA London), Guy Standing, Andrea Fumagalli
|13.00||Andrea Fumagalli: The Unconditional Basic Income as Primary Income: Towards a Remuneration of Social Cooperation|
|14:15||Guy Standing: Macroeconomic Consequences of Basic Income|
|15.40||Introduction to YSI|
|16.00||Discussion: Basic income in an international world: technological unemployment, labor mobility and migration.|