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FOREWORD

BRTCE M. STEWART,

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p. iii

This volume covers one phase of the research program in the field of unemployment insurance undertaken by the Employment Stabilization Research Institute of the University of Minnesota. It results from an arrangement made in 1932 between the Institute and Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc., according to which the latter organization agreed to focus its examination on the unemployment insurance...

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

PART I. THE DEVELOPMENT OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

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I. THE STAGES IN DEVELOPMENT

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pp. 3-10

The first departure from the age-old policy of providing public aid for the unemployed entirely on a relief basis was made less than a half century ago. The growth of the insurance principle, against the background of public relief, from trade union efforts to local insurance measures, and finally to national systems, is not a cleancut development; the successive...

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II. DEVELOPMENT IN VARIOUS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

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pp. 11-63

The first departure from the age-old policy of providing public aid for the unemployed entirely on a relief basis was made less than a half century ago. The growth of the insurance principle, against the background of public relief, from trade union efforts to local insurance measures, and finally to national systems, is not a cleancut development; the successive...

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III. DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

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pp. 64-76

The industrial countries of Europe began late in the nineteenth century to turn toward insurance as a method of dealing with unemployment. The United States, however, except for a few voluntary unemployment insurance plans, depended up to the time of the present depression on the traditional means, public relief and private charity. The charity organization societies founded in some of the larger cities...

PART II. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LAWS AND PLANS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES

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IV. ANALYSIS OF THE PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN EUROPEAN LAWS

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pp. 79-164

British unemployment insurance, when it was begun experimentally in 1911, covered only 2,500,000 workers in a few selected manual trades having a high and a similar incidence of unemployment. The trades included mechanical engineering, building, iron founding, shipbuilding, construction of vehicles, sawmilling, and machine work. Industries...

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V. ANALYSIS OF EXISTING AND PROPOSED PLANS IN THE UNITED STATES

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pp. 165-194

Since the first company unemployment benefit plan was announced in 1916, thirty-eight companies have introduced such schemes, or plans guaranteeing employment, but seven firms had given them up by 1933. One of the remaining plans is subscribed to by three companies and another by nineteen. All known plans are discussed in the sections which follow. Ten joint agreements...

APPENDIXES

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pp. 195-292

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 293-298

INDEX

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pp. 299-306