Basic Income Experiment
After writing an opinion piece on knack.be, the president of sp-a, Conner Rousseau, asked me what I had in mind. To answer him, I'd like to ask your input.
What would a good experiment in Flanders/Belgium look like?
Obviously this should be a scientific study, done by professional academics, but we as citizens can brainstorm as well about it. Also, I know there have already been a lot of these studies abroad, so I know we don't have to reinvent anything, but maybe tweak it a bit for the Belgian context.
A few idea's to kick off:
long enough to measure long term effects
diverse groups (control group, small income, larger income, unemployment vs employed people)
measure more than labour activation: family , studies and trainings, consumption, happiness, spare time activities, cultural activities, ...
(Here is the piece on knack.be, in Dutch: https://www.knack.be/nieuws/belgie/laten-we-deze-crisis-als-beslissend-keerpunt-gebruiken-om-werk-te-maken-van-een-basisinkomen/article-opinion-1667963.html)