What Do Right-to-Work Laws Do? A Case Study Analysis Using Synthetic Control Method

Source: Ozkan Eren, Serkan Ozbekliky, Louisiana State University and Claremont McKenna College, no date.

Using the case study of Oklahoma and a recently developed econometric technique, we examine the impact of right-to-work laws on state-level labor market outcomes. Having eliminated the potential time variant and invariant confounding effects, our results show that the passage of right-to-work laws in Oklahoma decreased the private sector unionization rates. Several other state outcomes, on the other hand, were not affected by right-to-work laws. The Öndings for the private sector generally carry over to the manufacturing sector.