A Dutch City Will Start Experimenting with Unconditional Basic Income This Summer

6. 22. 15 by Kevin Woods
  • The reason for the experiment is that people on benefits are often faced with multiple arrangements: assistance, special assistance, housing benefit, child benefit and so on. Each of these situations have their own control factors, allowing for little to no social mobility.
  • For the experiment, the city has partnered with the University of Utrecht to set up an experiment to place people on welfare get different regimes. For example, a group being made of compensation and consideration for an allowance, a group with a basic income without all kinds of rules, and of course a control group that has the current rules.
  • The city also plans to talk with other municipalities about setting up similar experiments, such as Nijmegen, Wageningen, Tilburg and Groningen. They want to start in the second half of this year.

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