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Friday, February 08, 2019

Finland has completed a major trial into the effects of a basic income, and the preliminary results are positive. Recipients felt happier, less stressed, trusted politicians more, and even felt more comfortable on the same levels of income as people that did not receive a basic income.

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"The findings are broadly positive, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions," Luke Martinelli, a research associate from the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath, tells Inverse. "There are some significant results on self-reported well-being and levels of trust in other people and institutions."

The findings, shared in the Helsinki-based House of the Estates Friday morning, cover one of the most ambitious basic income experiments ever conducted. The experiment, launched by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in January 2017 and that concluded on December 31, saw 2,000 unemployed Finns receive €560 ($634) per month without conditions. The researchers compared their experiences with a control group of a further 5,000.

The initial results only cover the first year of the study: the full results are expected in the spring of 2020, and a more detailed comparative analysis is expected in 2021. Despite the preliminary nature of the results, survey data showed the basic income is already having a positive effect.

"The experimental groups clearly experienced fewer problems related to health, stress, mood, and concentration," Minna Ylikännö, senior researcher at government social security institution Kela, said in remarks translated from Finnish. "They had more trust in their future and their possibility to influence societal matters. General trust, that is trust in other people, was stronger and they trusted the politicians more than the control group."

While trust in politicians ranked higher, trust in other authorities like the police and judiciary saw no significant movements. There was, however, a stronger belief that they could gain employment in the future. Recipients also reported higher levels of satisfaction with income levels when compared with control group members on similar income levels.

"This is due to this income being so secure," Ylikännö said. "It is paid unconditionally without bureaucracy directly in one's bank account and they can trust in getting this sum of money, every month, regularly, without having to stress for it in any way."

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Seriously, this is a surprise? Getting free money (at someone else's expense) makes people feel good.

The real question is, how this sustainable?

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2019-02-08 09:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The real question is, how this sustainable?
#1 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Texas.

Wait...I mean taxes.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-02-08 09:38 PM | Reply

"they trusted the politicians more than the control group."

Shocker that they trusted the people who gave them free money.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-08 09:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Pretty much it was all about how they felt?

#4 | Posted by homerj at 2019-02-08 10:16 PM | Reply

"Shocker that they trusted the people who gave them free money."

So your trust is for sale then?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 10:18 PM | Reply

"The real question is, how this sustainable?"

Same way the Federal debt is sustainable?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 10:20 PM | Reply

The star trek future.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-09 12:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Dogs trust you too, when you give them scraps.

#8 | Posted by Spork at 2019-02-09 01:58 AM | Reply

#7 That's not even a joke. UBI will be necessary once those Mexican robots have taken all the jobs.

#9 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-09 02:24 AM | Reply

Dogs trust you too, when you give them scraps.

#8 | POSTED BY SPORK

And sheep will race one another into the slaughter. That's why dogs die of old age and republicans vote in favor of being milked for profit.

#10 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-09 02:29 AM | Reply

"Dogs trust you too, when you give them scraps."

Trump doesn't even have a dog.

What kind of man gets elected President and doesn't get a dog?

It's one of the ways normal people who don't follow politics can tell Trump is untrustworthy.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-09 02:38 AM | Reply

Same way the Federal debt is sustainable?
#6 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

It ain't so, keep yours while you can ...

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-02-09 04:18 AM | Reply

-#7 That's not even a joke. UBI will be necessary once those Mexican robots have taken all the jobs.

The real joke is that automation will continue to reduce jobs, and yet Dems want to keep bringing in more workers, legally and illegally.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-09 08:46 AM | Reply

I think the point with gaurunteed income is that people don't need to dick around with all the paperwork, lie about any money they make on the side, or have the risk of arbitrarily not having what they expected and need. It actually encourages them to pick up some part time hours and lead less criminal lives and be good consumers.

#14 | Posted by Snowfake at 2019-02-09 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The real question is, how this sustainable?
#1 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Instead of giving billions in corporate subsidies, we could just give it to people who will spend it and make the corporations actually work for that money.

Well, beyond lobbying at least.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-02-09 02:35 PM | Reply

#13 Automation will eliminate jobs that robots can do cheaper or better than humans. There will be lots of new jobs as long as there are consumers.
The real danger is that wealth becomes so concentrated in the hands of the economically gifted, that there are only a few consumers. Tax and UBI will fix that.

#16 | Posted by bored at 2019-02-09 07:44 PM | Reply

kyllä, rakastan ilmaista rahaa ja vihaan töihin!

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-09 09:45 PM | Reply

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