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News, 4/3/2018

Finland’s basic income may boost motivation to accept work

A basic income is not a cure-all, but for 30–40-somethings with short-term employment contracts, it seems to be a perfect fit.

Photo: Harri Tarvainen
A promenade on the Esplanade in Helsinki: An automatic basic level of support would reduce bureaucracy and have an effect on Finnish society.<br/>
A promenade on the Esplanade in Helsinki: An automatic basic level of support would reduce bureaucracy and have an effect on Finnish society.

Markus Kanerva at the political analysis unit of the Prime Minister’s Office says that the purpose of the basic-income experiment is to pragmatically test whether people are motivated to accept work when extra income does not reduce their social benefits.

“During the trial period, the unemployed person gets to keep their basic income in full, even if they find a job,” says Kanerva. “It is believed this will motivate the unemployed to accept work even if the pay is not high or the job does not last long.”

A basic income is not a cure-all, but for 30–40-somethings who have short-term employment contracts, it seems to be a perfect fit. Miska Simanainen, a researcher at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (often called by its Finnish abbreviation, Kela), points out that the proponents of basic income often claim that it would fit the needs of various self-employed persons, such as freelancers.

For more, please read the this is FINLAND Article: https://finland.fi/life-society/finlands-basic-income-may-boost-motivation-accept-work/

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Updated 4/19/2018


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