Tag Archives: Finland

Helsinki, Finland, “Basic income in a global world: Seminar” 13 April 2016

A seminar, entitled “Basic income in a global world: Seminar” will take place on 13 April 2016, from 12:00 to 16:00 in Kelan päätalon auditorio, Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki tai video. This seminar looks at prospects for a basic income in a global environment. What challenges do EU legislation and a globalised labour market present for the basic income? The seminar

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Alternative Models Considered for Finland’s BI Pilot

Last November, Finland’s plans to test a basic income caught the attention of international media. Although the experiments are still some months away (scheduled to begin in 2017), the Finnish Social Insurance Institution (KELA) has continued to make strides in investigating the possibilities for a basic income. KELA has recently published a working paper that reviews the current state of

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Universal basic income: a search for alternative models

By Johanna Perkiö First published on January 25, 2016, by Kela, the Finnish government agency in charge of welfare benefits. The original article is available here. 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

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Olli Kangas, “Experimenting Basic Income in Finland”

Kangas’s slideshow, shared by Dylan Matthews from Vox, lays out the plan for the Finnish basic income experiments that should start in 2017.  The pilot will last two years and will explore different models like a full basic income, a partial basic income, a negative income tax, and others. Olli Kangas, “Experimenting Basic Income in Finland”, SlideShare, 7 December 2015.

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FINLAND: University of Tampere Offers Course on Basic Income

Professors Jurgen De Wispelaere and Antti Halmetoja at the University of Tampere in Finland have created a university course titled, “Universal Basic Income: New Avenues in Social Welfare Policy.”  The course will be taught in English and enrollment is open until 29 February with lectures scheduled once a week from 7 March to 16 May. The website for the course

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Sean O’Grady, “It’s time to copy Finland and give every citizen a basic income”

On first glance, many may think the idea of giving everyone free money is absurd. However, Sean O’Grady argues in an article in the Independent that a universal basic income, as soon to be tested in Finland and other countries, may have significant merit. The benefits include lower administrative costs and the elimination of “poverty traps” created when government assistance

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FINLAND: The world’s first country with truly experimental governance

Finland is putting basic income on the map and has attracted worldwide media attention by spearheading plans for the world’s largest basic income pilot. Over the past month, the planned Finnish experiment has fascinated such a large number of readers and news outlets that – perhaps inevitably – many aspects of what is happening in the Nordic country have been

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