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El experimento de la Renta Básica en Finlandia


Por Antonio Ansón

La búsqueda de modelos más eficientes de financiación de la seguridad social llevó introducir en Finlandia en los años 2017 y 2018 una renta básica dirigida a un colectivo de desempleados. La seguridad social finlandesa (Kela) publica ahora sus resultados preliminares (The Basic Income Experiment 2017–2018 in Finland. Preliminary results Olli Kangas, Signe Jauhiainen, Miska Simanainen, Minna Ylikännö -eds.), asegurando que en 2020 habrá un estudio completo.

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El experimento

El experimento debería ayudar a contestar tres cuestiones: (i) como rediseñar la seguridad social para hacer frente al cambio de la naturaleza del trabajo; (ii) si puede el sistema ser rediseñado de manera más participativa y con mayor incentivo hacia el empleo; y (iii) si puede reducirse la burocracia y el complicado sistema de beneficios sociales.

Se seleccionaron de manera aleatoria 2000 personas de un colectivo de aproximadamente 175.000 desempleados. Estos comenzaron a percibir una renta básica de 560 euros mensuales desde 1/1/2017 hasta el 31/12/2018, en lugar del subsidio de desempleo. Esta renta no la perderían, caso de encontrar empleo.

Los resultados preliminares

  1. El empleo

Respecto del empleo no hay diferencias entre los que recibieron la renta básica y los que permanecieron en el sistema de desempleo de la seguridad social. No se observan diferencias significativas en cuanto a los días que permanecieron desempleados, ni hay diferencias en cuanto a los beneficios recibidos de la seguridad social que no puedan ser explicadas por razones diferentes a la renta básica.

2. El bienestar

Por el contrario, sí que hay diferencias significativas los indicadores de bienestar a favor de los que recibieron la renta básica, respecto de los que siguieron cobrando el subsidio de desempleo y otros beneficios sociales.

Los que recibieron la renta básica, se sienten más saludables, tienen más capacidad de concentración y no pierden tanto la capacidad de disfrutar con las cosas que antes les gustaban. Además, confían con mayor frecuencia en que van a encontrar empleo en los siguientes 12 meses y, claramente, sienten menos estrés que quienes, en su situación, no percibieron la renta básica.

Lo que nos falta por saber

Lo publicado es necesariamente parcial debido a la falta de datos. Sin embargo, ya se vislumbra que una renta básica universal (UBI, por sus siglas en inglés) no es creadora de empleo en el corto plazo. Al fin y al cabo, el experimento se ha ceñido a dos años. Sin embargo, el hecho de que haya conseguido una mejora en el bienestar de los que la perciben, apunta que en el caso de un gran desempleo provocado por la automatización de muchos de los trabajos existentes, puede ser considerada como una opción.

Los que han recibido la renta básica destacan el alivio burocrático que ha supuesto para ellos. Aún así, la solución debe ser integral e incluir a las prestaciones familiares por hijos si se quiere evitar papeleo burocrático (en el experimento todos cobraron por igual a pesar de que una parte tenían hijos. Estos tuvieron que solicitar estas ayudas aparte). No se conoce todavía cómo ha resultado su gestión para la seguridad social, aunque intuitivamente, parece más fácil de gestionar que los sistemas actuales de desempleo y beneficios sociales.

Los directores del estudio ya señalaron que la muestra no es suficientemente representativa para obtener respuestas a todas las cuestiones planteadas. Aún así, disponer de este estudio ayuda que el debate sobre la posibilidad de una renta básica universal se base en datos y no en opiniones y creencias.

Necesitamos saber más sobre cómo responder a los desafíos actuales que nos presenta el futuro inmediato,  sin esperar más. Estos estudios son realmente útiles y los gobiernos y responsables de la administración pública deberían tomar buena nota de ello. Al fin y al cabo, arrojan luz sobre lo que nos espera, digan lo que digan Tirios y Troyanos en Twitter.

 

 

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Gain time for yourself in 12 steps


by Antonio Anson

We often know we have a pending task, but we fail to concentrate. It is the moment when anything is entertaining, when any buzz, beep or tune from our phone is irresistible. That moment is when your will to do the right thing is truly tested.

 

Anson 2016

Anson 2016

As a tribute to all those who strive to study alone at home or wherever, I invite you to explore these simple rules to concentrate, improve your personal productivity and achieve your life goals.

1. Go ahead, make your own program.

If you want to get ahead, you should spend some time calmly assessing how to study the material. Take some time to understand how much effort it may require. Compare it with your available time. Be realistic when you calculate the time you will spend when you make your schedule. Every day before starting, you should convert the general task into specific tasks for the day, in a timely and realistic way.

Establishing a work program will save you time and energy when making decisions. It also helps you decide if your time could not be better spent on something else. Having a program is like having a permanently available overview of what you are doing.

2. Create your own sense of urgency.

Ansón 2016

Ansón 2016

Nothing is worse than having the feeling that we have a lot of time to do something. That is never true when it comes to acquiring new knowledge. This time is limited and valuable. If you begin to listen to your internal clock, you will feel the call for action.

All of this help you deal with completing your study program while not neglecting your life. When you understand this, you can see that you must spend your limited time judiciously, because there are many other interesting things you want to do.

3. You must be tied to the mainmast.

Ulysses did not hesitate to be tied to the mainmast to overcome the sirens’ songs. In your case, you do not need to be physically bound to the chair, but you must have a place to study. Conquering this will make things easier. It will become part of the study habit.

4. Organize your tasks.

Ansón 2016

Ansón 2016

Divide the work into concrete tasks to perform during the day. Do not forget the slogan of divide and rule. Thus, mental resistance decreases: You will face a short list of tasks for today, not the endless list of good wishes for this year.

Identify which of these tasks are harder and which cost you less effort. Do not forget small issues. Separate them, they have to be done, but they are a distraction and a thief of time from your main task.

5. First, the most difficult one!

Do not hesitate. Early morning, when you are energetic, that is the moment to face the most difficult tasks. It is time to make a way in a jungle of concepts. Other routine tasks should be left for other times.

The beginning of your study period, whenever that may be, is the best time to address your most difficult tasks.

6. Fill the gaps.

If you want to gain time, you have to learn how to identify the gaps that are created throughout the day. Proper classification of your tasks allows you to use those few spaces for routine tasks of filing, copying or sending e-emails. Check your list: You must reserve a time for small tasks.

7. Challenge yourself.

Ansón 2016

Ansón 2016

Think of your study program as a challenging game. If you act with absolute concentration, you can see the big potential to improve your records. Do not think of the whole agenda, but only about today’s tasks.

Setting intermediate marks is good. “I have to get there in 30 minutes.” Introducing new techniques to memorize difficult study aspects or those inevitable lists is fun and challenging.

 

8. Avoid distractions.

Controlling the passage of time is very important for concentration. If you measure your progress, assigning a reasonable time to achieve it, it will produce two effects: (i) the time will pass quickly; and (ii) you will achieve your goals.

Avoiding distractions is essential: removing your devices and sound applications. If you use a laptop or a tablet, shut down all unnecessary applications.

9. Surround yourself with things that make you feel good.

Ansón 2016

Ansón 2016

We are doing what we should, but do we feel good? At this point let’s not deceive ourselves. We feel good when we have made it, but while we are working it is difficult for us to perceive it. For this reason, surrounding yourself with small things you like (the TV does not count 😉 ) brings comfort while helping to conquer your space and sends you a message that all is well.

10. Rest well.

One common error is triying to make up for lost time when you are trying to complete planned tasks. Do not habitually extend the period of study. It will only assuage your conscience. Stop and learn from your mistakes.

 

11. Establish rewards.

The realization of planned tasks is always worth a reward. Therefore, the best reward is time for ourselves. If you gain time because your productivity is increasing, give yourself your reward. “I will move faster. If I do it, I’ll finish earlier.”

12. Measure your progress.

This is your last task of the day. Before leaving the ship, you should open the notebook where you planned your tasks for today. Do not hesitate to calmy review your plans. If you detect any problems be sure to correct them.

Conclusion

Whatever your task, you need to value your work and leisure time. Planning is the first step. It is nothing strange or complicated. Most of us make a shopping list. We should extend this practice to the main activities of our lives. That’s all.

Anson 2016

Anson 2016

Self-disclosure: I must admit that in order to make this post, the task had to be included in my program during “free” time. In addition, I applied rules 6, 7 and 8: I prepared the post in gaps that were created throughout the day, I saw it as a challenge, and I avoided distractions silencing the phone and tablet.