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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Universal basic income: A search for alternative models

With the expressed commitment of the Prime minister Juha Sipilä’s centre-to-right Government to conduct an experiment to evaluate the effects of a basic income system, the idea of a universal basic income has come to the forefront of the Finnish political discourse. Discussions centring on the idea of a universally guaranteed basic income have a […]

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