Universal Basic Income Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein: Exceptionally well suited for Basic Income Research

Hardly any country is smaller and richer than the Principality of Liechtenstein. Consequently, economic data can be collected and evaluated extremely efficiently in Liechtenstein, and the economic conditions for the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income are particularly favorable: The constitutional hereditary monarchy on a democratic basis has stable public finances, high reserves and a well-developed social system; moreover, Liechtenstein is characterized by a high degree of civic solidarity.

Goals of the UBILI team

The FRIBIS team “Universal Basic Income Liechtenstein” (UBILI) has set itself the goal of analyzing the Principality’s financial budget in order to address the question of how an Unconditional Basic Income can best be financed in Liechtenstein. The team also investigates to what extent it is possible to implement a UBI without additional economic expenditure through the redirection of already existing cash flows.

Scientific approach and future projects

UBILI collects and analyzes data on public finances, social spending, taxes, the economy, labor, health, culture and the standard of living, to name only a few. To this end, the FRIBIS research team exchanges information with various stakeholders in Liechtenstein and Switzerland, such as the University of Liechtenstein or the Liechtenstein Institute. This networking makes it easier to acquire data, to work out scientific questions and to discuss research methods. For this purpose, i.a. Workshops and symposia are planned, which the research team will organize with the actors mentioned above.

Research Team

Dr. Tanja Kirn, Assistant Professor at the University of Liechtenstein
studied economics at the University of Potsdam and received her PhD there. She develops microsimulation models and uses them to research the interaction of direct and indirect taxation with a focus on behavioral adjustments, work incentives, and incentives for more sustainable consumption behavior. For the FRIBIS team UBILI she analyzes which socio-political and environmental economic implications the introduction of an unconditional basic income would have in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Anna Bojko
M.Sc. Economics, University of Freiburg, 2019 – present.
Working student of the administration department at CorTec GmbH Freiburg,
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Hartmut Hübner
School of Management, University of Salford, UK, 2003 – 2006 Doctoral studies
Dissertation: “The Communicating Company – Towards an alternative theory of corporate communications
Hübner Management GmbH, Vaduz – Managing Director
PAUL-Organizational Development, Munich – Partner
Siemens AG, Financial Services Division, Munich, 02/1999 – 12/2019 Vice President Communications
Deutsche Börse AG, Frankfurt, 10/1995 – 01/1999 Manager Public Relations
Lives in Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Kyra Sophie Rimrodt
M.Sc. Economics, University of Freiburg, 2019 – present,
Research assistant in project management and department office, Fraunhofer ISE, 2020, Working student in event management, Haufe Akademie, volunteer work at correctional facility in Freiburg.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Elisa Streuli 
Lecturer and consultant in management education with a focus on conflict management and consulting at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Dr. phil. sociologist, studied sociology, economics, German language and literature and sports at the Universities of Zurich and Basel. “Mediation and Cultural Diversity,” EB Zurich/inmedio Berlin.
Professor at the FHNW and lecturer at the University of Basel as well as several years of experience in professional and management functions in large companies, SMEs and public administration.
Conflict management and consulting, social inequality, leadership, diversity.
Lives in Zurich, Switzerland

FRIBIS Team Coordinator

Enno Schmidt

Enno Schmidt
artist, co-founder of the initiative Basic Income Switzerland, author/creator of the film Basic Income – a Cultural Impulse, international speaker and inspirer of an unconditional basic income, Research Assistant at the Götz Werner Chair at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Contact: enno.schmidt@vwl.uni-freiburg.de

Transfer Team

Markus Härtl
Board member of the association National Campaign UBI Switzerland, active in BGE-Rheintal Co-founder of the German single issue party “Bündnis Grundeinkommen” (deputy Bavarian state chairman and federal board member), president of WLF – Forum für wirtschafts- und gesellschaftspolitische Zukunftsfragen Werdenberg-Liechtenstein, co-founder and co-leader of ARGE LIBIC, board member of “Idee Suisse – Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Ideen- und Innovationsmanagement“.
Candidate for the German Bundestag election, the European election and for the Swiss National Council election.
Speaker for the UBI in German-speaking countries.
Publication of various UBI publications.
Lives in Werdenberg, Switzerland

Wolfgang Jenne
Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering FH.
Active in and with: BGE-Rheintal (member), WLF – Forum für wirtschafts- und gesellschaftspolitische Zukunftsfragen Werdenberg-Liechtenstein (board member), ARGE LIBIC (member).
Lives in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein

Associate / external Team-Member

Dr Rudolf Schär
PhD at ETH Zurich on Infrared and Raman spectroscopy, Switzerland. Postdoctoral Research at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
1979-1999 Research projects and management positions at the chemical companies Ciba-Geigy and Novartis in Basel, Switzerland.
IT security officer at the global bank UBS in Zurich, quality management at Swiss Exchange and the pharmaceutical company Cilag, Switzerland.
2006-2009 Lectureships at Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur (ZHW) and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Wädenswil, Life Sciences.
2011-2018 Participation in the popular initiative for an unconditional basic income (referendum 2016) and in the full money initiative (referendum 2018) for Switzerland.
Member of the Swiss-Palestine Society and the Swiss-Palestine-Network, organiser of the Cafe Palestine and supervisor of an A-level thesis on the future of Palestinian youth.