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Test of Finland's Basic Income: It Creates Happiness But Not Jobs

World  (tags: social experiments, anti-poverty measures, guaranteed income )

- 10 days ago -
A nationwide experiment with basic income in Finland has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased.


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Sue H (7)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 9:16 am
I do hope that this proves to be a positive but folks do need jobs.

Winn A (179)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 11:29 am

Colleen L (3)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 11:53 am
Agree with Sue, that people do need jobs.
Thanks Freya

David C (80)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 2:20 pm
thanks, an interesting outcome......

Raleighaway k (358)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 2:45 pm
Interesting. ty

Patrice Z (16)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 3:18 pm
Very interesting. Thanks!

Animae C (507)
Sunday February 10, 2019, 3:33 pm
"The Nordic country's official unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in 2018."
Which is higher than ours in Australia (5%), we don't have 'basic income' but we have good social welfare programs!

TY Freya

S J (130)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 5:17 am
Meows meow

Betty Kowall (304)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 6:45 am
Interesting. It is good to be happy!

silja salonen (76)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 2:30 pm
noniin Kiitos

Debra G (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 4:15 pm
The guaranteed payment was less than the unemployment payment would be, but it still made the participants feel more confident about the future. I’ve read other articles about this - some participants did take some low paying jobs while exploring options. But the stress of not knowing if they’d have enough for food and rent was lifted. That’s huge. Other countries are looking at ways to try this. Stockton, California is trying this with with a philanthropic gift dedicated for the experiment.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 8:29 pm
Thanks Freya

Angelflowers D (1)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 1:53 am

Sylvie A (190)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 3:59 am
Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Joanna M (139)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 8:21 am
I don't think it could ever be in the US...too many people would be content to just sit and be on Facebook all day.

ewoud k (68)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:17 am
One of the things the experiment showed was that the "free money" didn't make the participants lazyer.

The fear that with this "free money" unemployed would just simply stop looking for a job proved to be unfunded.

Unemployed happier, roughly the same percentage as without "free money" found a payed job.... successful experiment.

To know what this "free money" can lead to on the long run it should be held nationwide

It' just how you look at things....

Thanks for postng.

fly bird (26)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:18 am
thanks for posting, Freya and comments.

************ to all

Michael Friedmann (179)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:43 am
Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Yvonne T (48)
Wednesday February 20, 2019, 8:19 am
the people felt happier....
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