There is a narrative that if we help people by providing social security benefits; they just become lazy. Is this true?
Well, maybe not. The results of a Finnish Study trialing a universal benefit, showed that the recipients found work pretty much the same as those receiving traditional support. That is, they were as motivated as those under traditional social security systems with sanctions. This result, that recipients look for work anyway, is what I would expected. From our evolutionary past cooperation and contributing -working- are natural behaviors. We don’t freeload.
Maybe persistent unemployment is the result of factors like: lack of jobs, digitization and artificial intelligence. Maybe new approaches to social security are required, like a Universal Income.
Giving out money revealed something that flew in the face of a common American philosophy.