A working group of researchers from a range of organisations under the project leadership of Kela is exploring ways in which to carry out an experimental study focusing on the implementation of a universal basic income scheme. The project is part of the Finnish Government's analysis, assessment and research plan for 2015.
The Government's programme calls for the implementation of a universal basic income experiment. The purpose of the experiment is to find ways to reshape the social security system in response to changes in the labour market. The experiment will also explore how to make the system more empowering and more effective in terms of providing incentives for work. Further objectives include the reduction of bureaucracy and the streamlining the complicated system for providing welfare benefits.
The preliminary study will seek to identify a model for implementing the universal basic income experiment. The experiment in turn will evaluate the effect of a basic income in different population groups and produce an overall cost estimate.
The preliminary study is a collaboration between Kela's Research Department, the Universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Eastern Finland, the Sitra Innovation Fund, the think tank "Tänk", and the VATT Institute for Economic Research. The Federation of Finnish Entrepreneurs and experts on municipal affairs, tax law and constitutional matters will also contribute to the project. The project is headed by Professor Olli Kangas, director of research at Kela. It is carried out as part of the Government's analysis and research plan for 2015.Read more ...