Do Anti-Union Policies Increase Inequality? Evidence from State Adoption of Right-to-Work Laws

Source: Vladimir Kogan, Ohio State University (OSU) – Department of Political Science, July 27, 2015

From the abstract:
The distribution of income lies at the intersection of states and markets, both influencing and being shaped by government policy. Reflecting this reality, a growing body of research has examined the political causes of rising economic inequality in the U.S. Direct evidence documenting the mechanisms through which government actors have affected the income gap remains in short supply, however. This study leverages variation in labor laws between U.S. states and differences in the timing of adoption of right-to-work legislation, along with new historical data on the distribution of income at the state level, to examine one such mechanism. Using a difference-in-differences design, the results produce no support for the contention that the adoption of RTW laws increased inequality in any meaningful way, pointing to the importance of grounding theoretical arguments about rising inequality in a sound empirical reality.
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Do Anti-Union Policies Increase Inequality? Evidence from State Adoption of Right-to-Work Laws
Source: Vladimir Kogan, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Published online before print November 20, 2016
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