As Finland\u0026#039;s universal basic income experiment produces positive outcomes, a senior United Nations official is making the case that the global economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis is reason to include such a payment policy as a \u0022a central part of the fiscal stimulus packages that countries are planning for.\u0022The Finnish government on Wednesday released its evaluation of the two-year experiment in which 2,000 randomly selected unemployed people were paid 560 euros per month. The researchers summed up results as \u0022small employment effects, better perceived economic security and mental well-being.\u0022The basic income recipients were selected through random sampling among those who in November 2016 received an unemployment benefit from Kela. #BasicIncomeExperiment #Finland pic.twitter.com/HkFk1a8paV— Kelan tutkimus ja tilastot (@Kelantutkimus) May 6, 2020Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, shared the findings on social media. A video summary from the agency says that in a post-experiment survey, participants in the experiment said they \u0022had fewer health issues, fewer experiences with bureaucracy, and better financial well-being than the people in the control group. They experience fewer issues related to mental stress, depression, melancholy, and loneliness. They also estimated that their functional ability was better.\u0022See the results of Finland’s basic income experiment explained in this video. #BasicIncomeExperiment #Finlandhttps://t.co/dBEZvlUtMS— Kelan tutkimus ja tilastot (@Kelantutkimus) May 6, 2020The UBI recipients also \u0022felt that their financial situation and their ability to influence it was better. Their trust in other people and different institutions was higher, and they were more confident in their own future and their ability to influence societal issues.\u0022The basic income increased the number of days of employment by 6 days basic income recipients employed for 78 days (avg.) control group 72 days#BasicIncomeExperiment #Finland pic.twitter.com/XTCDOrd2jT— Kelan tutkimus ja tilastot (@Kelantutkimus) May 6, 2020Nick Hartley, a clinical psychologist in the U.K., called the results \u0022encouraging\u0022 and \u0022just what we would expect to see.\u0022There were \u0022significant benefits for mental health as people are able to find meaningful work without the threat of being left with no means to put food on the table,\u0022 he tweeted.One lawmaker outside of Finland recently pushing forth the payment scheme is Scotland\u0026#039;s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who pointed to its need in the face of the coronavirus crisis.\u0022The experience of the virus and the economic consequences of that have made me much, much more strongly of the view that it is an idea that\u0026#039;s time has come,\u0022 Sturgeon said Tuesday at a press briefing in Edinburgh.Kanni Wignaraja, who heads the U.N. Development Programme\u0026#039;s (UNDP) Asia-Pacific bureau, similarly said the pandemic lays the groundwork for \u0022bolder ideas.\u0022\u0022The spread of Covid-19 has fundamentally shaken economies, and people are beginning to question existing economic models: this pandemic has really thrown up the existing levels of both injustice and inequality worldwide,\u0022 she told UN News. \u0022So bolder ideas are needed, including some, that previously, were pushed aside.\u0022\u0022At the U.N.,\u0022 she continued, \u0022we\u0026#039;re saying that, if there isn\u0026#039;t a minimum income floor to fall back on when this kind of massive shock hits, people literally have no options. Without the means to sustain themselves, they are far more likely to succumb to hunger or other diseases, well before Covid-19 gets to them.\u0022Huge majority of Europeans in favour of universal basic income. Most want carbon neutrality in 2030, bigger role for the state, mandatory minimum wage and more. Bye bye neoliberalism. https://t.co/SOpLHyap8k(h/t @fromTGA) pic.twitter.com/stQdbw7hZR— Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman) May 6, 2020CNBC reported last month on how UBI appears to be gaining traction amid the global pandemic:Guy Standing, a research professor in development studies at SOAS, University of London, told CNBC via telephone that there was no prospect of a global economic revival without a universal basic income.Standing, who has been an advocate for a universal basic income for more than three decades, said he believed the coronavirus crisis would be \u0022the trigger\u0022 for a basic wage.\u0022It\u0026#039;s almost a no-brainer,\u0022 he said. \u0022We are going to have some sort of basic income system sooner or later, but I think getting the establishments of many countries to do it is like pulling the proverbial tooth. There’s a big institutional resistance to it because of the implications of moving in this direction.\u0022Anthony Painter, director of the social justice advocacy group RSA Center for Action and Research, said that UBI can help workers currently facing a choice between their jobs and their lives.\u0022The coronavirus has revealed weaknesses in ensuring economic security across Europe,\u0022 Painter told Euronews. \u0022Workers face an intolerable choice between their work, their families, and their health. With universal basic income they know that they are not going to bite the dust, there will always be a network that will help lighten these conflicts.\u0022Writer and UBI advocate Scott Santens said the policy \u0022has never been more important than right now.\u0022Sharing the results of the Finnish experiment on Wednesday, Santens expressed frustration the that U.S.—where over 30 million people have lost their jobs in recent weeks—hasn\u0026#039;t adopted the policy.\u0022UBI will save lives AND our economy,\u0022 he wrote.\u0026nbsp;Legislation put forth last month by Democratic Resp. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) could kickstart that effort. Their ABC Act would provide people in the U.S. with $2,000 per month during the crisis, followed by $1,000 per month for a year afterwards.