Could basic income solve APAC wealth inequality?

Published on Deal Street Asia, by Shiwen Yap, Oct 12, 2015.

With its fragmented economies, diverse language and geographies, as well as differing developmental status, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is often seen as a challenging regional economy for businesses to operate in. Another major issue is the wealth inequality seen across the region, especially in major economies like India, the Philippines and Indonesia.  

The key takeaway from the economic success of most Western economies – at least from the 1960s to the early 1990s – was their reliance of middle-class consumption internally, in order to fuel their economic growth. Similar patterns of developments were seen in Japan and are being replicated to some degree in China, India and Indonesia.

Today technologies like robotics, automation, and 3D printing are disrupting established work paradigms and practices across the manufacturing and logistics sectors With cost-based competition and differentiation simply a downward spiral along the value chain, what is the most viable approach for government to adopt in preparing their people and economies for the knowledge-driven 21st Century? One of the solutions is basic income.

Basic income: … //

… Endgame:

  • Putting aside all ideology and ethics, it is in the enlightened self-interest of businesspeople, oligarchs and merchants to resolve issues of income inequality. Disparities in wealth and general income inequality breeds social disorder, resulting in civil discontent that can impact positive business outcomes.
  • A population with less disparity in wealth equates to a market where consumers have higher levels of discretionary income with which they can consume goods and services. This creates a virtuous cycle that generally tends towards positive social and economic outcomes – for society, the government and the business community of a nation … //

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