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Mutual Insurance 1550-2015

From Guild Welfare and Friendly Societies to Contemporary Micro-Insurers

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In the modern
Western world, we tend to be insured by the state or for-profit insurers. We
have privileged this system over mutual or micro-insurance, whose long and rich
history we tend to forget. Yet, mutual and micro-insurance is becoming
increasingly important, both in the Western and in the non-Western world and
bears re-examination.
This book traces
the track record of mutual insurance from 1550 to the present, examining
provisions for burial, sickness, unemployment, old age, and widowhood. The
author seeks to address such topics as the type of risks micro-insurance
covered between 1550 and 2015; how it was organized throughout its history; who
provided the coverage; and how contributions, benefit levels, and conditions
have changed.
Importantly, the
author explores why this system has worked through, and endured, the test of
time. Mutual insurance can, for instance, overcome classic insurance problems
such as adverse selection and moral hazards. The author demonstrates that the
study of the position micro-insurance historically assumed in mixed economies
of welfare presents interesting lessons for today’s insurance market, as well
as for today’s mutualism.


Titel: Mutual Insurance 1550-2015
Autoren/Herausgeber: Marco H. D. Van Leeuwen
Aus der Reihe: Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2016

ISBN/EAN: 9781137531094

Seitenzahl: 321
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 565 g
Sprache: Englisch

Marco H.D. van Leeuwen is a professor of social science history at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He specializes in the study of global social inequality from 1500 to the present. Professor van Leeuwen is an honorary research fellow at the International Institute of Social History. He has written widely on social inequality and mobility as well as on philanthropy, charity, mutual aid, private and social insurance, and the history of risks. His work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Sociology,the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, The Economic History Review, theJournal of Social History, Continuity and Change, and the European Sociological Review.

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