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Flourishing with basic income : age differences in imaginations of flourishing futures with a basic income

Kuhn, Alina (2017) Flourishing with basic income : age differences in imaginations of flourishing futures with a basic income.

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Abstract:Continuous changes in our society force us to face increased unemployment rates, poverty and uncertainties. Unemployment and poverty are known factors to have a negative impact on the well-being of a person. Contrary, high levels of well-being, flourishing, describes a state of optimally functioning in daily life and feeling good. The proposal of introducing an unconditional basic income (UBI), may solve problems as the unemployment trap and poverty and could act as a basis for flourishing. Via actively engaging in imagining a personal future with UBI, it was investigated how participants (n=14) throughout three age groups would imagine a future with UBI, how this future offers a possibility to flourish and how they assess an UBI in general. Results of the current study identified restraining factors on the well-being and show the imagined positive effects UBI could have on these factors. Further, young adults (16-24 years) were identified as a disregarded major beneficiary group. It was argued that current uncertainties were most severely experienced by younger adults. Middle-aged adults appeared to be most sceptical and less benefitting in regard to an UBI. The older generation (55 years and above) appeared to be most settled and an introduction of an UBI was considered to be least integral for themselves to flourish in the future. Yet, they appeared to follow higher needs with a focus on providing a basis for a flourishing society. If UBI could serve as such a basis, was considered critically.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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