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Unconditional basic income is good for the health

The unconditional basic income has a positive effect on the health of the unemployed, but speeds up their return to the labour market: this is the conclusion of researchers in the preliminary evaluation of a two-year pilot project in Finland.

the recipients of The unconditional basic income suffered accordingly, less Stress, concentration or health problems than a control group. "They looked even more confident in the future," said Minna Ylikännö of the Finnish social insurance institution (Kela) on Friday.

has not been demonstrated to search A hoped-for incentive for work in the evaluation of the project. "The recipients of the unconditional basic income, it succeeded neither better nor worse than the control group, to find a Job," said research coordinator Ohto Kanninen.

gone to 560 euros per month

The two-year Large-scale test of the unconditional basic income in December was the end. A randomly selected test group of 2000 unemployment received in this time, tax-free every month, 560 Euro, without that this payment was subject to conditions.

were Added, depending on the marital status, children, money and, in the case of a fixed or free job the respective salary. In addition, there was a control group of unemployed who received the traditional support services.

The researchers wanted to find out whether the unconditional basic income puts a better incentive to find a Job, as traditional Unemployment benefits, which are omitted in the case of a job. The Experiment was limited only to already-unemployed participants – it was a kind of citizens ' income regardless of wealth, marital status, or work paid in relation to each.


The first results of the experiment are according to the experts still preliminary and relate only to the first year of the study. On Friday, the presented conclusions are not yet conclusive.

One of the participants expressed satisfaction with the unconditional basic income. "I was able to accept all the jobs that were offered to me," said the Journalist Tuomas Muraja. Before that, it was much more difficult, because he must always calculate what will stay by the additional revenue and the loss of unemployment money left.

Reformation of the backup system

The Finnish government is planning, according to Minister of social Affairs Pirkko Mattila, the unconditional basic income in the entire country. Nevertheless, the Experiment has been "very successful". The data of the investigation could now be used, to reformed the social security system, said Mattila. This is the next major planned Reform.

The current System is regarded as bureaucratic. Job-seekers will lose their entitlement to state aid for employment - even if only in the short-term and poorly paid employment. In Finland, the number of unemployed was shot in the face of a four-year-long economic downturn in the height, it slowly decreases again. The unemployment rate fell in December to below seven percent.

Rhein Auer Experiment failed

For the Test of the unconditional basic income in Rheinau ZH in the last year, applications were sufficient to have been received, the initiator, who had initiated the project, were able to collect for too little money.

More than six million francs would have to collect the initiators of the basic income-perform Experiment in Rheinau. A day before the expiry of the time limit, a fraction of the Required but pays only 150'000 Swiss francs from the patrons, as this newspaper reported. (nag/AFP)

Created: 08.02.2019, 15:27 PM

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