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Workers’ Compensation, Wages, And The Risk Of Injury, Ronald G. Ehrenberg Aug 2012

Workers’ Compensation, Wages, And The Risk Of Injury, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Ronald G. Ehrenberg

[Excerpt] In many respects the structures of the workers' compensation and unemployment insurance systems are similar. Each is actually a system of individual state systems. Both are financed by a payroll tax that is imperfectly experience rated. Both provide insurance against an adverse consequence (work injury or unemployment) that leads to time away from work; the incidence and duration of these events are at least partially determined by both employer and employee behavior. Both systems provide, at least for temporary events, a structure of benefits that ties compensation to a worker's previous earnings. Because of these similarities, it is ...