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Title: The Incidence of Mandated Employer-Provided Insurance: Lessons from Workers' Compensations Insurance
Authors: Krueger, Alan B.
Gruber, Jonathan
Keywords: mandated benefit
incidence shifting
workers' compensation insurance
Issue Date: 1-Dec-1990
Citation: In David Bradford (ed.), Tax Policy and the Economy, Vol 5, (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1991)
Series/Report no.: Working Papers (Princeton University. Industrial Relations Section) ; 279
Abstract: Workers’ compensation insurance provides cash payments and medical. benefits to workers who incur a work-related injury or illness. Many features of the workers’ compensation program parallel features of proposed mandated employer-paid health insurance plans. This paper empirically examines the incidence of the workers’ compensation program to infer the likely consequences of mandated health insurance proposals. In certain , industries, such as trucking and carpentry, workers’ compensation insurance costs are quite large, and vary tremendously within states over time, and across states at a moment in time. This variation is used to identify the incidence of the program. Empirical analysis of two data sets suggest that changes in employers’ costs of workers’ compensation insurance are largely shifted to employees in the form of lower wages. In addition, higher insurance costs are found to have a negative but statistically insignificant effect on employment. The implied elasticity of labor demand from our results is about -.50.
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