University of Bath

On Income, Money and Affordability: A heterodox economics perspective on basic income

Listen to Geoff Crocker present a heterodox economics case for universal basic income.

14 Feb 201912.45pm
to
14 Feb 20192.00pm
Free
Basic income
In this seminar, Geoff Crocker develops a neo-Keynesian proposal for basic income to supplement consumer demand, displacing consumer credit and avoiding crisis.

Long term historic data shows the inadequacy of labour income to meet consumer expenditure. Data prior to the 2007 economic crisis shows an increasing gap between GDP and disposable consumer income being met by increased household loans which lead to crisis. Financial orthodoxy applies an affordability criterion of deficit limitation to constrain welfare expenditure and imposes austerity.

In this seminar, Geoff Crocker develops a neo-Keynesian proposal for basic income to supplement consumer demand, displacing consumer credit and avoiding crisis. At the same time, he takes the claims of modern monetary theory that a sovereign state can issue money against a criterion of output GDP without incurring repayable debt, to propose funding of basic income by money creation.

This seminar is co-hosted with the Department of Economics at the University of Bath. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.