Where a Universal Basic Income Was Successful

An idea that has been around for hundreds of years, the universal basic income has only recently become an experiment in Stockton, California.

The Best Way To Stop a Speeder

Typically involving a fine that could even relate to your affluence, a speeding ticket is usually about money but not necessarily in Estonia.

How To Become Happier

When economists focus on measuring happiness, they look at money and time and health and GDP for conclusions that might not be quantifiable.

When Free Money Didn’t Do What It Was Supposed To Do

The preliminary results for Finland’s two-year guaranteed income experiment appears to have created more questions than it answered.

Changing EU Times

European Union time zones could change if individual nations get to choose if they want perpetual summer time or winter time.

Where Your Mailman Could Be Your New Lawn Mower

In Finland, the person delivering mail will also mow your lawn because lower letter volume from digitization has created postal service financial problems.

One Reason to Worry About A Guaranteed Minimum Income

While the characteristics of guaranteed minimum income program proposals vary, the common denominator is unpredictable incentives.

Debating the Size of the Social Safety Net

If Finland replaces benefits with a monthly check, the tradeoffs for its safety net programs will be domestic and international.

The Smell Test That Some EU Cheese Makers Failed

Just like tariffs and other trade barriers, the Russian embargo of EU cheese helped Russian cheese makers as increases in supply and demand raised prices.

When Your Ability to Pay Determines Your Punishment

In Finland, for some traffic violations, the rich have higher fines than those with less because of day fines that are similar to progressive taxation.