Economic effects of right to work laws

Research paper by Walter J. Wessels

Indexed on: 01 Mar '81Published on: 01 Mar '81Published in: Journal of Labor Research


This article examines the effects of Right to Work laws on wages, unionization, and strikes in the context of a simultaneous equation framework. Unlike most past studies, the effects of the factors leading to the existence of a Right to Work law are separated from the effects of the Right to Work laws themselves. Both state and individual data are examined. The results show that the Right to Work laws do not have the negative effects often attributed to them.