Seminar: „Basic Income and Social Justice“ SS22

(Summer Term 2022)

Distance Teaching:

We will provide you our slides as usual on this website. See the schedule below for more information.

Prof. Dr. K.J. Bernhard Neumärker

SoCoLab seminar, winner of a University Teaching Award 2012 and the Economics Student Council Award 2021, deviates from a usual seminar setting. The students after reading the necessary papers and finish the required assignments will be welcomed during class to participate and discuss the elements of the theories and their ideas with Prof. Neumärker and his co-workers. The seminar consists of an introduction, 2 blocked meetings, a day of experiments with the participants, and a concluding session for the team experiments. In the first sessions (Part I), the theoretical foundations and political problems are laid, and after the introduction to experiment settings (Part II) follow the presentations and critical discussion on design and conduct of team experiments (Part III). The participation in all the classes is obligatory in order to achieve maximum participation and understanding of the subjects. After the classes and the experiments for seminar participants are over, teams are given a sufficient amount of time to develop an experiment on the topic. In the team experiments, the participants are expected to critically reflect on one of the issues tackled in the seminar. The experiment design formalities and more specific information on the content will be provided to all participants.

The overall grade is the weighted as a sum of all three elements of the seminar with the following weights: Team Experiment and Paper/Report on a Basic Income Experiment: 60%, Assignments: 20%, Experiment presentation: 20%. The teams will be built, at the latest, after the “Experimental Sessions for Participants”.

Students will receive 6 ECTS credit points upon successful completion of the seminar. The Seminar can be recognized as “Topics in the Economics of Social Justice” for students enrolled in the “M.Sc. Economics”:

M.Sc. Economics:
► Topics in the Economics of Social Justice
M.Sc. VWL:
► Constitutional Economics and Competition Policy
► Empirical Economics
► Public Sector Economics and International Taxation
M.Sc. BWL:
► Public Sector Economics
► Volkswirtschaftslehre

Current Topics and Groups:

Topic 1: Universal versus Categorial Social Policies
Topic Supervisors: Gudrun Kaufmann, Simon März, Jette Weinel

Topic 2: Basic Income versus (Wage) Subsidy versus Wage Floor/Minimum Wage
Topic Supervisors: Bianca Blum, Tobias Jäger, Wiebke Kruse

Topic 3: Basic Income versus Minimum Income Guarantee
Topic Supervisors: Julian Hübner, Dominik Schröder

Topic 4: Pure versus Mixed Systems of Income Support: Pure UBI vs pure MIG vs WS vs UBI&WS vs MIG&WS
Topic Supervisors: Alexandra Pilyus, Enno Schmidt

Topic 5: Contractarian Choice of the Social Welfare Function for the Constitutional Determination of Social Policy Rules
Topic Supervisors: Clem Davies, Marcel Franke, Lida Kuang

Topic 6: Contractarian Identification of the Ethical Disposition Towards a Basic Income Implementation
Topic Supervisors: Clem Davies, Marcel Franke, Lida Kuang

Time Schedule:

The registration period begins on 09. February 2022. To make a reservation for a seminar slot please join the Ilias course “Seminar “Basic Income and Social Justice” SS 2022” by following this link, no password required:

The seminar registration is on a first come first serve basis. If the course is full, you may join the waiting list. On this list you will automatically join the course as soon as a slot becomes available for you. If you want to reject your reservation, please make sure to leave the Ilias course, as your slot should be available for others.

For the official registration hand in the upload task on Ilias until 09. May 2022.

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The seminar takes place in English language.

Documents regarding the course (for literature see Ilias):


Organizational Slides

Session Slides 1-6