Finland declines further funding for its UBI trial


#1

Internet commentary seems to suggest that the trial was more a victim of politics than outcome, as there hasn’t been enough time for there to be any meaningful results as to its success.


#2

Perspective from the National Review:

  • One of the program designers warned about waning political interest over a year ago
  • “To some extent, it did seem to encourage work, with many participants citing earlier experiences of being unable to take anything but high-paying jobs because entering employment would cancel out their existing benefits.”
  • Author is eager to see results of other trials

#3

From the NYT:

“In a sense, Finland already has a basic income.” Regarding their generous benefits and why the program might not have been that attractive to people.