Experimenting with Basic Income: Finland and Netherlands

Time: 8.11.2016 klo 13–17
Place: Kela main office building, Auditorium (Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki)


Several countries in Europe and beyond are today considering experimenting with a basic income

scheme. Finland and the Netherlands are the two countries within Europe that have spearheaded

this approach, and have advanced plans to pilot a basic income experiment in the beginning of

2017. Having two countries engage in a similar project offers unique opportunities to learn from

each other.


The workshop “Experimenting with Basic Income: Finland and the Netherlands” brings Dutch

researchers from Utrecht, Wageningen and Tilburg to Helsinki to explore both similarities and

differences between the proposed schemes, to examine the role of basic income experiments in each country, and to analyse the political and policy processes associated with piloting basic income in advanced welfare states. The workshop is open to all interested parties.


The workshop is part of the research program Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity

(TITA). TITA is funded by The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.




13.00 - 13.05: Welcome — Olli Kangas (Kela)


13.05 - 13.15: Putting Basic Income Experiments in Context — Jurgen De Wispelaere (University of Tampere)


13.00 - 14.00: Panel 1: Experimenting with Basic Income in the Netherlands: General Considerations

Chair: Paula Laine (Sitra)

Speaker 1: Sjir Hoeijmakers (Independent Scholar)

Speaker 2: Loek Groot, University of Utrecht


14.00 - 15.15: Panel 2: Experimental design and implementation: Utrecht, Wageningen and Tilburg

Chair: Paula Laine (Sitra)

Speaker 1: Timo Verlaat (University of Utrecht) & Ernst-Jan de Bruijn (University of Wageningen)

Speaker 2: Ruud Muffels (University of Tilburg)


15.45 - 16.45: Panel 3: The Finnish Basic Income Experiments

Chair: Pertti Koistinen (University of Tampere)

Speaker 1: Johanna Perkiö (University of Tampere)

Speaker 2: Olli Kangas (Kela)


16.45 - 16.55: Comparing Basic Income Experiments: Lessons and Challenges — Jurgen De Wispelaere (University of Tampere)


17.00: Closing Word — Olli Kangas, Kela