Mutual Insurance 1550-2015: From Guild Welfare and Friendly by Marco H. D. Van Leeuwen

By Marco H. D. Van Leeuwen

In the fashionable Western international, we have a tendency to be insured by means of the country or for-profit insurers. we now have privileged the program over mutual or micro-insurance, whose lengthy and wealthy heritage we have a tendency to omit. but, mutual and micro-insurance is changing into more and more very important, either within the Western and within the non-Western international and bears re-examination.

This ebook strains the song list of mutual assurance from 1550 to the current, analyzing provisions for burial, affliction, unemployment, outdated age, and widowhood. the writer seeks to handle such themes because the form of dangers micro-insurance lined among 1550 and 2015; the way it used to be equipped all through its background; who supplied the assurance; and the way contributions, profit degrees, and stipulations have changed.

Importantly, the writer explores why the program has labored via, and continued, the try of time. Mutual assurance can, for example, triumph over vintage coverage difficulties corresponding to hostile choice and ethical risks. the writer demonstrates that the research of the location micro-insurance traditionally assumed in combined economies of welfare provides fascinating classes for today’s coverage industry, in addition to for today’s mutualism.

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A few guilds offered members no longer able to work a pension from the age of 50 or 60. In 1654, for example, the Amsterdam shoemakers’ guild ruled that from about the age of 60, shoemakers could receive a pension if employed, for the period from 1654–1765, as calculated by Riley (1987, appendix). Some of the increase was the result of the ageing of the workforce, because obviously as people age they tend to fall ill more often. These percentages for the early modern workforce that were sick are similar to those for Dutchmen today.

2 For a recent survey see Lynch (2003). Histories of the Dutch Republic include those by de Vries and van der Woude (1995), Israel (1998), and Prak (2005). For this section I have drawn also on van Leeuwen (2000a). 3 2 The Era of the Guilds: Mutual Insurance 1550–1800 21 By the end of the late Middle Ages, the area we now call the Netherlands had become part of the Habsburg Empire, a huge conglomeration of which ‘the lowlands’ was just a small part on the periphery. Since 1543, Emperor Charles V had ruled what would subsequently become the Republic as one of his fiefdoms and governed the territory.

50 Kampen Carpenters . . 40 Rotterdam Journeymen . 30–50 30–50 bricklayers Utrecht Journeymen . 50 50 carpenters Leiden Journeymen .  Sickness benefit as multiple of winter payment by poor relief boardb Amsterdam Surgeons . 3 3–4 Amsterdam Shipwrights . 2–3 2–4 Amsterdam Peat-porters . 3 3–5 Dordrecht Three guilds 2–3 2–3 2–3 . Delft Various guilds 2 2 2 . 25 3 2 . . 5 . 20 50 30 . . 40 30–50 50 20 2 1 2 .  246), van Leeuwen et al.  305) a Guild benefits as a percentage of wages were calculated as follows.

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