Providing workers with a universal basic income did not reduce productivity or the amount of effort they put into their work, according to an experiment in Madrid, Spain, a sign that the policy initiative could help mitigate inequalities and debunking a common criticism of the proposal. : worldnews
Researchers recruited 900 individuals to take part in the experiment, 59% of whom were female and 98% of whom were university students. The average age was 21, with a minimum age of 19 and a maximum age of 30. Participants were asked to work on a set of tasks and were paid based on their performance. Researchers then introduced several different scenarios, such as replacing certain participants with robots and creating a universal basic income worth about one-fifth of the workers’ median pay, to see how worker productivity was impacted.
Not trying to be a downer here but that’s a rather interesting sample for what they’re trying to test for. It’s not like this was an observational study either in an actual workplace.
Headline sounds too hyped up.
A top Swedish official involved in the coronavirus response has defended a Christmas holiday in the Canary Islands in the face of heavy criticism.
The sources are quotations from European critics. Painting this as US propaganda leads to misdirection.
The Trump administration has formally notified Congress that it intends to sell nearly $500 million in precision bombs to Saudi Arabia, a transaction that will fuel criticism from lawmakers who oppose arming the Persian Gulf nation over its record of human rights abuses and role in the war in Yemen : worldnews
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