Finland’s Basic Income Experiment – 2017
Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has issued its latest and apparently final press release outlining its long awaited Basic Income pilot project slated to begin Jan 1st, 2017. Near the end of the first year the project will be assessed for the feasibility of a second year as well.
This project will be narrowly focused on a small, random sampling of employable adults and the ways in which a BI might improve their employment chances. This project will not be looking at any other populations, vulnerable or otherwise, which might benefit from a BI. However, Finland’s government sees this pilot as the beginning of a “… culture of experimentation” designed to identify and then help address the most pressing needs of their citizens in the years to come.
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