The Dutch Workman’s Compensation Act implemented a new central public agency - the Rijks Verzekeringsbank (State Insurance Bank) – which had to collect and manage all information from insured companies and employees. The Dutch employers, however, were very reluctant to provide the necessary information to the government. They were opposed to bureaucratic centralisation and preferred private insurance agencies. What were the consequences of this attitude for the relevant statistics about enterprises, wages and accidents and what did this resistance of employers mean for the statistical information of the Sickness Benefit Act of 1929?

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van der Valk, L. (2009). Private or public? The Dutch debate about social insurance statistics (1900-1940). Retrieved from