Policy Documents

Right-to-Work Laws: Liberty, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

Richard Vedder –
January 10, 2011

Economist Richard Vedder examines the positive impact that right-to-work laws have on the economies of states that have such laws enacted. He concludes, "Americans generally prefer freedom to coercion, high incomes tolow ones, and individual decisionmaking to collective resolution ofissues. For these reasons, they generally do not like laws that constraintheir labor market behavior and force them to join collectives of otherworkers to negotiate their wages and working conditions."