The OECD and the problems of basic income

According to the OECD, basic income (BI) is not an effective tool for reducing poverty. However, the outcome would depend on the model chosen for implementing a BI system, as well as the changes made in other parts of social protection.   The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published in May a Policy […]

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Public attention directed at the individuals participating in the basic income experiment may undermine the reliability of results

The Finnish basic income experiment and the persons selected to participate in it have attracted considerable public interest. While such interest is understandable, the participants should not be approached any more than they would otherwise be in order not to distort the results of the experiment. From a research standpoint, it is clear that any […]

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Final report for the Finnish basic income experiment recommends that the experiment be expanded

 The research team hopes that Finland will over the coming years try out  different types of basic income arrangements.   The research team that worked on the Finnish basic income experiment submitted its final report to the Government on 16 December 2016. The first stage of the Finnish basic income experiment will be launched at […]

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Comparing Basic Income Experiments: Lessons and Challenges

In Europe we are faced with a unique situation: in 2015/2016 not one but two countries started down the road of piloting a basic income experiment. There are important similarities between the experiments planned in Finland and the Netherlands.   All going well, both countries hope to get started in early 2017 and run the […]

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The Finnish basic income experiment – ”a foolish and outrageously expensive travesty”?

A discussion of the reasons behind the choice of experimental design On 25 August 2016 the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health sent out for comments a legislative proposal on the basic income experiment. As could be expected, initial reactions to it have been highly critical. As is the case with most matters of […]

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