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Can you name some social engineering experiments that worked?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17721points) January 28th, 2017

From welfare to guaranteed income?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Hawthorne effect studied this in college.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The Third Reich

Rarebear's avatar

Traffic lights.

cazzie's avatar

Universal healthcare, public housing. public law and order (police), fire departments, libraries. free education. Social Security. Public roads. Public transport. The Post Office. I’m not saying that they have necessarily worked out for every country, but the ones worth living in. Oh, and of course, given what’s going on the US right now, I have to add, The National Park Service. (they rock right now. My dad would be so proud)

LostInParadise's avatar

Finland is trying one now. They have selected 2,000 unemployed people to give a uniform basic income (UBI), It is too early to tell if the experiment will be successful, but I think it is interesting that they are doing it on a limited basis to test the idea, instead of rejecting the idea outright or risk disastrous results by applying it to everyone.

cazzie's avatar

Oh, I have to add one in for New Zealand. Their Plunket Society was incredibly successful. https://www.plunket.org.nz/what-we-do/who-we-are/our-history/

flutherother's avatar

China’s one child policy was draconian but successfully kept the population low. The demographics of the country are now a bit skewed however with too many older people.

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