The Right to Work, Power Resources, and Economic Inequality1

  title={The Right to Work, Power Resources, and Economic Inequality1},
  author={Tom VanHeuvelen},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1255 - 1302}
  • Tom VanHeuvelen
  • Published 1 March 2020
  • Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
How do right to work laws affect the distribution of economic resources? While sociological theories would predict inequality to increase following their passage, previous research finds these laws to be largely inconsequential. The author compiles a unique data set of 77 years of income and wage inequality data from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. census, the U.S. Union Sourcebook, and the National Labor Relations Board. After replicating inconsistent results from previous studies, the… 
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