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The Workers' Compensation Crisis in California: A Primer

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): David Neumark

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Series: California Economic Policy v.1 no.1

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


Sign up to receive future issues of California Economic Policy upon release. This issue of California Economic Policy examines why California’s workers’ compensation costs have soared over the past four years, far exceeding premium increases in the rest of the country. It finds that the two most important contributors to the cost run-ups are rising medical costs and increasing numbers of major permanent partial disability cases. Recent legislative reforms may help resolve the situation, but more research and evaluation is needed.