Tilburg University (lead), Maastricht University


Various  innovative welfare state solutions have been proposed to ensure that tech revolutions do not lead to mass unemployment, poverty and mounting inequality. An increasing number of authors argue for the introduction of some form of basic income, but the empirical evidence on the effectiveness and possible adverse social and economic effects remains scarce. Many more countries than ever before show  interest in the ideas and are preparing or already implementing local or national experiments with some form of a participation or basic income, either unconditional ones (like in the US, Canada, Scotland and Finland) or conditional ones (like in the Netherlands, France, Italy and again Finland).

Discussions on basic income programs often tend to be ideological rather than empirical. In this work package, TECHNEQUALITY will move beyond arguing from normative perspectives, and aims to uncover what the intended and unintended consequences of social welfare solutions to technological unemployment are. This project fills in the existing gap in our knowledge by providing new experimental evidence on the implementation of a variety of local and national field experiments on the introduction of participation (PI) and basic income (BI) programs, and by studying the current empirical evidence on the social, motivational and micro-economic effects of various PI and BI programs.

  1. The future of work in Europe

  2.  Understanding technological inequality

  3. Educating for tomorrow's labor market

  4. Reinventing social welfare

  5. Understanding consequences for public finances

  6. Is this time really different?

  7. Co-creating policies that work


Maastricht University (ROA)

University of Oxford (OMS, Skope)

Cambridge Econometrics (CE)

Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB)

University of Tallinn  (Sociology dept)

University of Tilburg (Tranzo)

University of Stockholm (SOFI)

European University Institite (SPS)


Prof. dr. Mark Levels

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Dr. Raymond Montizaan 

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Maaike Bierman (project officer)



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 822330

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