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Effects of Workers' Compensation : A Survey

  • Fortin, B.
  • Lanoie, P.

This survey covers extensively the theoretical and the empirical work that was done on the incentive effects related to the existence of workers' compensation (WC) in the North American context. It first analyzes the economic rationale for compulsory WC. Then it studies the impact of WC on behavior.

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Paper provided by Laval - Recherche en Politique Economique in its series Papers with number 9816.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:lavape:9816
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