Jobs as Assets

Philippe Van Parijs

in Real Freedom for All

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293576
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600074 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Jobs as Assets

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By giving to all as high an unconditional income as possible, is one not violating liberal neutrality by favouring leisure and sanctioning consumption? One would be if the taxation needed to fund the basic income could legitimately be seen as the extraction of part of the outcome of nothing but the workers’ effort. But it cannot. Reflecting on the message of efficiency‐wage theories of unemployment leads one to view it instead as a fee on the appropriation of assets very unequally divided between us: jobs.

Keywords: assets; consumption; efficiency‐wage theories; effort; jobs; leisure; liberal neutrality; taxation; unconditional income; unemployment; unfair

Chapter.  21214 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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