In an upcoming experiment, the Dutch city of Utrecht will introduce a universal, unconditional basic income to see what affects it could have on its citizens.

The study will examine if giving people a monthly income to cover basic needs could create a more flexible society, with more time for study, volunteering, and leisure.

The Netherlands has the highest rate of part time employees in the European Union, at 46.1%, making it no stranger than non-traditional work environments.

The Alderman for Work and Income Victor Everhardt told DeStad Utrecht: "One group will have compensation and consideration for an allowance, another group with basic income without rules and of course a control group which adhere to the current rules."

It is estimated that 1.5% of subjects will misuse the income, but first there must be conscious monitoring of behavior to fully understand how universal income can benefit or harm society.

The experiment will begin in the fall of 2015.

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