The Rise (and Fall) of the Basic Income Experiment in Finland

In 2015 the newly-elected Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä committed his centre-right coalition government to launching a basic income experiment. Outlined in the Government Programme in just a single line, the Finnish coalition government followed through on its initial commitment by first commissioning a research consortium (led by the research department of Kela, the Finnish Social Insurance Institution) to prepare experimental design options, followed by the drafting and rushing through Parliament of the necessary legislation (Finlex 1528/2016). A two-year randomised controlled trial (RCT) started in January 2017. It will be concluded by the end of 2018 and subsequently evaluated by Kela’s research department and its results presented to the Finnish Parliament sometime in 2019.