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Did statutory insurance improve the welfare of Swedish workers?: The statutory workplace accident insurance act of 1916
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1413-3707
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2591-6579
Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7118-1118
2022 (English)In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 63, p. 210-233Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Welfare researchers have regarded statutory accident insurance in 1916 as a starting point for the exceptional expansion of the Swedish welfare state. However, rather less attention has been paid to the roles played by mutual insurance societies and employer compensation schemes in offering voluntary welfare protection. We argue that voluntary welfare protection was an integral part of the early-twentieth century welfare system and played a crucial role in protecting workers in the case of sickness and accident. We also examine the limitations of these arrangements and explore the ways in which the design of the statutory scheme ensured that there was a continuing role for voluntary provision after the new Act came into operation. We also explore the impact of the scheme on wage levels, and show how its introduction eroded the wage premiums which had previously been earned by workers in high-risk industries.

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Routledge, 2022. Vol. 63, p. 210-233
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Social insurance, health insurance, accident insurance, self-insurance, workplace accident, mutual aid, employers’ welfare
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Economic History
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-195641DOI: 10.1080/0023656x.2022.2070734ISI: 000804655300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85131370541OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-195641DiVA, id: diva2:1663233
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017-01864Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2016.0028Available from: 2022-06-02 Created: 2022-06-02 Last updated: 2022-11-28Bibliographically approved

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