Life after Work : The Impact of Basic Income on Nonemployment Activities

Faculty/Professorship: Methods of Empirical Social Research  
Author(s): Calnitsky, David; Latner, Jonathan ; Forget, Evelyn L.
Title of the Journal: Social science history : the official journal of the Social Science History Association
ISSN: 1527-8034
Publisher Information: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
Year of publication: 2019
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Pages: 657-677
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1017/ssh.2019.35
Basic income experiments tend to show some decline in work hours, but less is known about how that nonwork time is spent. This article uses data from a randomized controlled trial of a guaranteed annual income to examine the activities of recipients who left the labor force for some amount of time. In particular, we analyze the reasons respondents gave for not working. We find that the intervention led to growth in care work activities and education, especially among women, moderate growth in self-employment, relatively strong growth in the portion of men and women simply reporting that they did not want to work, and the strongest growth in nonemployment connected to dissatisfaction with work/job conditions. Finally, the sole nonemployment category that declines as a result of the experiment is health-related reasons for not working.
GND Keywords: Winnipeg ; Garantiertes Mindesteinkommen ; Zeitbudgetforschung
Keywords: minimum income; basic income
DDC Classification: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology  
RVK Classification: MS 4800   
Type: Article
Release Date: 14. September 2020