122 people will receive € 1,200 / month for 3 years.
During this time they will only have to respond to several surveys of the study “My Basic Income”
It’s been a few weeks since this basic income experiment was announced in Germany. But do we know what the study consists of and how it will develop?
The association My Basic Income believes that many of the problems of our current life: Poverty, mental health problems, etc. They could be solved with a universal basic income.
And where do you get the funds from? The money comes from some 150,000 private donors interested in whether this utopia will survive everyday life.
Who will be the people who will receive the basic income?
122 people were selected out of a total of two million who applied for the experiment. These people have not had to show documents or certificates and can combine the perception of income with a paid job. Donors only have to “complete seven questionnaires online during the three years of the study.” Another 1,380 people will also fill out questionnaires every six months, but they will not receive basic income, but an allowance for expenses.
What is the study trying to demonstrate?
“This study is a huge opportunity to transfer the theoretical debate about unconditional basic income, which has occupied us for years, to social reality,” according to Jürgen Schupp, director of research at DIW (My Basic Income). “We want to discover if the payment of a universal and unconditional basic income over a long period produces significant changes in the way people act and feel ”, he declares.
For our part, last week we informally asked the RBIU community on our social media channels Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, what they would do with an unconditional basic income. Although limited by the technical characteristics of the networks, the results indicate that 43% of our community would dedicate themselves to volunteering / activism, 13% to study, 24% to their hobbies and 20% to care.
We will have to wait 3 years, within which the study ends in Germany, to know if what we intuit based on consulting our community is confirmed and to have a solid scientific knowledge far from personal opinions and clichés.