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Scott Santens

Everything You Think You Know About The History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong

The effects of technology on job creation/destruction by skill level

"47 Percent..."

That's the highly cited estimate out of Oxford by Frey and Osbourne of the percentage of existing jobs that are likely to be automated away with the help of technology within the next two decades. According to this paper, flip a coin and call heads or machines to see if your job will exist in 20 years. This is . . .

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August 19, 2015

The Huffington Post: Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

My latest HuffPo piece

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income"

Excerpt:

Because basic income provides an income floor, there's no longer any reason to keep any of these bureaucracy-filled ways of easing but never ending poverty. Instead, poverty would be gone. And because . . .

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August 11, 2015

Should the Amount of Basic Income Vary With Cost of Living Differences?

The question of an unequal UBI

A common first question in response to the idea of unconditionally guaranteeing a monthly cash stipend to everyone sufficient to meet their basic needs is in regards to a potential need for differing amounts of basic income. Let's examine this question from two perspectives: that of the individual and that of the location.

First . . .

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August 07, 2015

Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

One of these is a tool of the future, the other is a tool of the past

Below is the full audio (with text) of my commentary originally recorded for WNYC's The Takeaway for a discussion about reconsidering the minimum wage, of which only a small portion was aired. It is available here now in its entirety.

Audio:

Text:

I think that wherever possible, we should look to permanently eliminate underlying causes . . .

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July 29, 2015

Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics

My latest longread article on Medium

My latest article on Medium is about a 15-minute read, titled Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics, and subtitled "The myth of inequality-driven economic growth and how to achieve real prosperity for all."

Intro:

For over thirty years we’ve treated something as fact which is actually false. Economists we . . .

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July 23, 2015

Multimedia Appearances

A collection of my guest appearances on podcasts, radio, TV, etc.

An ongoing collection of my multimedia appearances in order of newest to oldest:

The Stream (January 5, 2017)

WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (January 5, 2017)

2016 Global Action Summit (November 14, 2016)

The Atlantic's Future of Work Summit (October 26, 2016)

Out of the Box Podcast with Rosie Tran (October 3, 2016)

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July 13, 2015

The Question of Slowing Productivity Amidst Rising Automation

My latest Huffington Post Article advocating basic income

This latest article for Huffington Post is actually an expansion of my recent blog post here. It's a bit longer and refined.

Here's the link to the HuffPo article.

Excerpt:

We are indeed creating new jobs, but these jobs are not 1:1 replacements. When someone who graduated from a free high school loses a 40 hours per week . . .

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July 09, 2015

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