UBI proponents argue that a guaranteed income floor would allow more people to contribute to society. But it is not guaranteed that people will seek jobs or contribute skills to their local community. The Finland study cited in this argument found that UBI improved mental health and well-being, but UBI had no effects on recipients' employment.
The government should invest in providing jobs, or more ways to be productive,
rather than providing cash unconditionally.
A better way to ensure that everyone can participate better in society is not universal basic income but universal basic employment.
Economist Pavlina Tcherneva argued that the government should invest in filling the gaps of needed work in communities. There is so much work to be done in a community: community gardening, community theater, caring for the elderly, beautifying a park, documenting historical sites. Again, the government should invest in paying for jobs, which provides people with both work and an income.