Citizens’ Opinions About Basic Income Proposals Compared – A Conjoint Analysis of Finland and Switzerland

Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle; Dermont, Clau (2019). Citizens’ Opinions About Basic Income Proposals Compared – A Conjoint Analysis of Finland and Switzerland. Journal of social policy, 49(2), pp. 383-403. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0047279419000412

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The basic income (BI) scheme is a fundamental reform of the welfare state that has recently gained widespread attention. Proposals for different variants of BI schemes have emerged to account for varying political and societal goals. This study investigates what citizens think about the idea of a BI, and to what extent citizens’ perceptions depend on the exact design of such a scheme and the context in which this policy is embedded. Empirically, we rely on conjoint experiments conducted in Finland and Switzerland – the two countries in which the introduction of a BI scheme has recently been discussed most intensely. We find that the level of public support for BI is higher in Finland than it is in Switzerland. Moreover, despite the contrasting designs of the BI proposals in the two countries, both Finnish and Swiss citizens tend to favor more generous schemes restricting non-nationals’ access to the provision.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle and Dermont, Clau

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0047-2794

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Stadelmann

Date Deposited:

18 Dec 2019 16:30

Last Modified:

11 Nov 2020 13:52

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0047279419000412

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.135192

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135192

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