I don’t normally implement this policy, but I was at the point where I was winning infinite elections had paid off all national debt, and had 50 PC to work with. So I decided to give it a go.
I find it odd that this policy directly lifts wages. Wages are the money people get paid for going to work, and this policy doesn’t discriminate by employment status. If anything, I would expect that if it ever were implemented on a national scale in a western country, it would probably be done in a “means tested” way to keep costs down, and people with “too much” income wouldn’t receive it. It certainly should increase some people’s earnings, but not through wages.
It does increase “everyone’s” earnings, which technically yes, as I understand it this would be an even payment to everybody. However, the impact that an equal amount of money would have on somebody’s earnings would inversely scale with their existing earnings. Say, if we work in pounds for example, if the UBI were 1000 pounds a month, somebody who is borrowing to pay the rent will notice that far more than a pharmaceutical CEO. Rather than “everyone” earnings, it should impact poor earnings the most, middle earnings a little, and have no impact on high earnings.
It also doesn’t impact unemployment. It really should. Now, in real world terms it wouldn’t increase the unemployment rate, it would decrease the labor force participation rate. However, that stat is not represented in game, so an unemployment increase is the closest representation modeled. I’m sure most of us have met some of the people I’m referring to. People who have no special condition that requires extra care or anything, they just don’t like working. Given a choice, such people would absolutely crutch on a UBI rather than get a job. Unemployment benefit already raises unemployment, UBI should too. I’m not saying it needs to be a lot, but some should be present.
I don’t think a direct like to charity is needed, as it already decreases poverty, which will decrease charity.
The impact on socialist and capitalist opinions are fine, the impact on poverty is fine, the impact on socialism should have more lag time.