How Minnesota Adopted Workers’ Compensation
By Price V. Fishback
Shawn Everett Kantor

This article appeared in the Spring 1998 issue of The Independent Review


Workers’ compensation laws, the first government insurance adopted in the United States, spread rapidly from state to state in the 1910s. The history of Minnesota’s program, adopted in 1913, shows how politicking by special interests affects public policy.

Other Independent Review articles by Price V. Fishback
    Summer 2007   For All of These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America’s Private-Public Welfare State
    Winter 2001   Calculating Risks: The Spatial and Political Dimensions of Hazardous-Waste Policy

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