Survey: Only 38% of Estonians would definitely go on working if offered an unconditional basic income

(Siim Lõvi /ERR)
7/18/2016 9:25 AM
Category: Business

Respondents were asked if they would stop working in case the state paid them an unconditional basic income, and how much money they would expect the state to pay in such a case.

The average monthly income the survey brought out was €950 a month, though looking at the matter in more detail, responses were nowhere near as even. 9% of respondents said they would expect to be paid €651-800 a month, 12% said they would expect €801-1,000 a month, 10.3% would expect €1,001-1,300 a month, 6.1% went for €1,301-1,600, and 11.6% said they would want more than €1,600.

Also, 38% of respondents said they would continue to work in any case. The majority of this group were parents of underage children.

Of those who said they would continue to work, 37.2% were women and 39.7% were men.

Among those who identified themselves as Russian speakers, 29% said they would go on working, while among Estonian speakers 40.5% were of this opinion.

Analyst Peeter Espak of the Institute of Social Studies said that the decision whether or not to go on working would likely be influenced by people’s current income levels as well as their standard of living, which explained why the number of those who would want to continue working was highest in the group of 35 to 49-year-olds.

The same explanation applied to levels of education, Espak said. Of professionals without secondary education, 24% would continue working, of those with only basic education, 32%. Of those with secondary or vocational education, 36% would want to continue, while the same applied to 49% of all those with a degree.

Of respondents with a current income of more than €1,600, 72% would want to continue. “It’s safe to say that the wish to go to work grows with one’s income,” Espak said.

The survey was conducted by Turu-Uuringute AS. 630 respondents were interviewed.

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