- Jul 20, 2011
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A Town Without Poverty?: Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning | The Dominion
Awesome read.Government officials opposed [to Mincome] didn't want to spend more money to analyze the data and show what they already thought: that it didn't work, says Hikel, who remains a strong proponent of guaranteed income programs.
And the people who were in favour of Mincome were worried because if the analysis was done and the data wasn't favourable then they would have just spent another million dollars on analysis and be even more embarrassed.
But Forget has culled some useful info from Manitoba labour data. Her research confirms numerous positive consequences of the program.
Initially, the Mincome program was conceived as a labour market experiment. The government wanted to know what would happen if everybody in town received a guaranteed income, and specifically, they wanted to know whether people would still work.
It turns out they did.
Only two segments of Dauphin's labour force worked less as a result of Mincomenew mothers and teenagers. Mothers with newborns stopped working because they wanted to stay at home longer with their babies. And teenagers worked less because they weren't under as much pressure to support their families.
The end result was that they spent more time at school and more teenagers graduated. Those who continued to work were given more opportunities to choose what type of work they did.
People didn't have to take the first job that came along, says Hikel. They could wait for something better that suited them.
For some, it meant the opportunity to land a job to help them get by.