IS IT POSSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME (UBI) IN EUROPE?
WHAT DOES UBI CONSIST IN?
We encourage all Erasmus students to participate in this activity by preparing a proposal on the possible implementation of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in Europe. The 5 best proposals will be presented personally to Prof. Karl Widerquist, Professor of Philosophy from Georgetown University - campus Qatar, and world expert in UBI (https://widerquist.com/), on May 9th at the University of Huelva. Among them, the best proposal will receive a voucher worth 300 € to travel to any city in Europe.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone enrolled in any type of studies at the University of Huelva. You can participate individually or in groups of 2 or 3 people. Groups of more than 3 people are not eligible.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
- Write a research paper, of a maximum of 5 pages in English, responding with arguments to questions related to the Universal Basic Income and the possibility of implementing it in a European country or region (see section “Universal Basic Income”). The research works will be uploaded online to the Moodle site of the Jean Monnet Module. The registered students (see next section) will receive the instructions on how to upload the document. The deadline for submission is by April 23th.
- The 5 best works will be chosen, so that one or all of their authors can present it personally to Prof. Karl Widerquist, Professor of Philosophy from Georgetown University, who will give a seminar on May 9th at the University of Huelva. Presentations will be hold in English.
- Among the 5 works presented, the best presentation will be awarded a voucher worth 300 € to travel to any European city.
HOW CAN YOU REGISTER?
You have to register by providing the contact details of the people who form the group (or your own contact details if you are going to participate alone) through the link below.The new deadline to register for this activity is by April 28st. https://forms.gle/1tkksKJJn7FQmGAS9
UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME (UBI)?
UBI is a public payment to every adult citizen, regardless of their economic and employment situation, which, unlike the current subsidies, would be paid unconditionally. It has been proposed for years as a possible response to the main current economic and social problems such as unemployment, poverty, economic inequality, climate change but also future ones as mass unemployment as a consequence of the artificial intelligence and so on.
However, there are authors who doubt its financial sustainability, since they consider that it would be too expensive to implement it. Others criticize that it is a utopian measure and could generate negative effects on the economy, such as inflation or a reduction in the active population.
The works submitted to the hackathon must answer one or more of the following questions:
- Is it possible to implement a UBI in Europe? The question can also focus on any country or region in Europe.
- What would be necessary to implement a basic income?
- How could it be financed?
- Which effects would have implementing a UBI on the socio-economic situation? You can explain how it would affect employment, innovation, economic inequality, poverty, social welfare or any other socio-economic aspect that you consider relevant.
Your ability to delve into the topic, offering a new and original analysis and providing a regional and local point of view, from Andalusia or any other European region, will be greatly valued.
- Módulo Jean Monnet SUSTEU- Building a sustainable development from the periphery of Europe (Erasmus+, Jean Monnet Actions, 619972-EPP-1-2020-1- ES-EPPJMO-MODULE)
- Sustainable Horizons Project (101071300, funding by F6 – HEUROPE)
- For more information, please contact, Claudia Roman (firstname.lastname@example.org).