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The Employers' Costs of Workers' Compensation Insurance: Magnitudes, Determinants, and Public Policy

  • Krueger, Alan B
  • Burton, John F, Jr

New estimates of the average cost of workers' compensation insurance for a homogeneous group of employers by state are presented. These data are used to estimate cost equations for a variety of alternative specifications. The main finding is that when cost equations are estimated by ordinary least squares there is a unit elasticity of costs with respect to benefits, but instrumental variable estimates of the effect of benefits yield a greater than unit elasticity. Finally, the presence of a state insurance fund is associated with higher average costs for employers, all else equal. Copyright 1990 by MIT Press.

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Volume (Year): 72 (1990)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 228-40

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