Social Insurance, with Special Reference to American Conditions

Social Insurance, with Special Reference to American Conditions

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Social Insurance, with Special Reference to American Conditions

Social Insurance, with Special Reference to American Conditions

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This study of Social Insurance grew out of a course of fifteen lectures given at the New York School of Philanthropy in the spring of 1912; but the material has been considerably extended, rewritten, and brought up to date. It is believed (though perhaps erroneously) that at the time the course was the first American University course to be devoted entirely to the subject of Social Insurance, though the subject has been treated recently in a general way in connection with courses on "Labor Problems" or "Social Reform." Since then courses under this specific title have been announced at several of the more important American universities, and the academic interest in these problems is rapidly growing side by side with the popular movements for accident compensation, widows' pensions, retirement annuities, state life insurance, and so on.

The neglect of this most important branch of social legislation by the American economists, which was very forcibly brought to my attention some ten or twelve years ago, when, as a student in Professor Seligman's seminar, I first became interested in the subject, is fortunately a thing of the past. In all the movements which I have just mentioned, many university professors of economics and social science are most active, and the list of doctoral dissertations in preparation in the various departments of Economics and Social Science, as recently published, for the first time shows many titles devoted to this fruitful field.

It is hoped that this work will be found useful not only to college professors and college students as a convenient introduction to further more profound studies, but that it may prove of interest to the public at large, whose opinions and wishes must in the final analysis influence all coming legislation.

In regard to one problem -- that of accident compensation -- a good deal of educational work has been done within recent years by the numerous state commissions, and by the still more . . .

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