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Who Would Do The Crappy Jobs?

March 7, 2018

Nobody would, and that’s the point.

If a global universal basic income went into effect tomorrow, what might happen is that the people working the worst jobs, say, garbage collecting, would all quit, because having a small income and no job is superior to having a small income and a crappy job. So market pressure would cause the pay for this type of job to increase, in proportion to the actual value it provides (which people will start to realize when trash starts to pile up everywhere). This would increase the relative profitability of design alternatives (robotic garbage collectors, waste-minimizing industrial processes, etc). Before long nobody would have to collect garbage for a living any more, and probably nobody would want to either.

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