A trio of articles looking at the Universal Basic Income idea and recent trial in Finland. Plus link to the Finiland page.
Tiny Indian state wants to pay its citizens a universal basic income | South China Morning Post / WaPo
If successful, the experiment by Sikkim, one of India’s most progressive states, would help alleviate poverty and address the challenge of job automation
Universal basic income in India is a tantalisingly close prospect
Biometric ID cards and the squeeze on the rural poor are propelling the idea forward | Financial Times
Finland's grand universal basic income experiment raises more questions than it answers | WIRED
Universal basic income might make people feel less stressed but doesn't necessarily fix unemployment
Me: Along with a “job guarantee” idea, UBI started off as a fairly radical idea with now some significant small scale experiments behind it. I’m cautious as to how much other places can extrapolate from Finland, but overall it neither seems to help nor hinder your job prospects, but makes you feel happier. Maybe that’s enough given the highly admin intensive and relatively poor long-term outcomes for the current “job seeker” type benefits/sanctions, despite policy-maker backing.
“In Britain, intensifying the use of sanctions and introducing harsher penalties associated with being sanctioned has been largely ineffective at increasing flows from JSA into sustainable employment.” doi:10.1093/cje/bex088 Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) benefit sanctions and labour market outcomes in Britain, 2001–2014 Martin Taulbu et al. (2018) https://academic.oup.com/cje/article/42/5/1417/4827894