Who can get a basic income?

A group of 2,000 persons selected at random will be paid a basic income. It is not available to anyone else. This means that unlike other social security benefits provided by Kela, the basic income is not available on application.

Included in the random sampling are all individuals between ages 25 and 58 whom Kela paid labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance in November 2016 for some other reason than a temporary layoff. Random sampling means that all who satisfy the requirements for inclusion in the experiment have an equal probability of being selected into the study population.

The following groups are not included in the random sample:

  • anyone who is under 25 or over 58 years old
  • those who did not get labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance payments from Kela in November 2016
  • those who were paid labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance in November 2016 on account of a temporary layoff

Those selected for the experiment cannot turn it down because that would skew the results. The experiment is designed in a way that ensures that no participant will suffer negative financial consequences.

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Last modified 28/12/2016
Updated 07/12/2016