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Two problems, one solution: the earth basic income

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Busilacchi, Gianluca

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Abstract The great inequality in the distribution of world resources is well represented by the co-existence of two opposite phenomena: the scarcity of resources that relegates billions of individuals in extreme poverty conditions, and the over-consumption of resources by a minority of inhabitants who waste and pollute the planet earth. In addition to the serious ethical paradox produced by the combination of these negative forces, every year poverty and pollution cause severe economic losses, both directly and for negative externalities. Is it possible to reverse this ethical and economic paradox and find a joint solution to these two forms of world pollution? This paper illustrates a simple model of earth basic income, which could serve as an easy solution to both problems: a taxation mechanism on waste production as a means to finance basic income.
Keywords poverty; basic income; funding; resources; shortage; environmental pollution; taxation; income; distributive justice; economic growth
Classification Political Economy; Economic Policy; Social Policy; Social Problems
Free Keywords poverty; basic income; economic growth
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Journal AVINUS Magazin (2008)
ISSN 1866-5985
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution