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News, 2/14/2018

Finland’s basic income may boost motivation to accept work

Photo: Harri Tarvainen

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.”

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Updated 2/14/2018

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