Unions and right to work laws - a comparative study

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    Mar 15, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    With all the excitement from Wisconsin, the Ohio law is actually stronger. Ultimately the outcome of recall elections and other attempts to impact laws will depend on the results, real or perceived, achieved from the law. That will have a more enduring impact than union organized protests and recall campaigns.

    I want to make only a few comments to not take away from the study cited here. To non-extremists of all political positions, consider the study and the professor, including his credentials. I haven't seen anything to discredit his work. I am not aware that his study has attracted sufficient notice to mobilize those who would disagree with the results from mounting a counter-attack.

    Consider both the study and responses in this thread. It is possible there will be few responses, hoping the thread will become buried. If there are responses, consider the content and the posters who make them. Let the quality of responses reflect on the individual posters. I am anticipating the following types of responses:

    - I will be slammed for posting this.

    - That Dr. Vedder's study has been shown on the Cato Institute web site will be used to discredit the study, even though Dr. Vedder is with Ohio University.

    - Someone will question or assert evidence of Dr. Vedder having parking tickets or a mistress, or being a serial killer.

    - Someone from a liberal/progressive organization with a degree, say in economics, will write something to trash the study. If something like that is presented, look at the credentials of the writer. Anyone with professional standing would be careful in writing as their own reputation would be on the line.

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    A new scholarly article by eminent economist Richard Vedder constitutes an important addition to the already formidable array of evidence that state Right to Work laws increase job opportunities and raise employees’ real incomes.

    Dr. Vedder, a professor on the faculty of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and the author of more than 100 academic papers published in scholarly journals as well as several books, is a specialist in labor, taxation and education issues.

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    “I tried several different models,” he reports, “incorporating different sets of explanatory variables (tax, climate, occupational composition of the labor force, unemployment, [and] population density . . .).

    “Without exception, in all the estimations, a statistically significant positive relationship . . . was observed between the presence” of a Right to Work law “and net migration. . . .

    “Consider a state with a population of five million in 2000. Other things equal, the model with the best predictive power that we used suggests that about 150,000 more people would move into the state between 2000 and 2008” because of its Right to Work status.”

    Overall, Dr. Vedder’s findings “reinforce the view that people vote with their feet to move to freer labor market environments.”

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    Mar 15, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    Socal.. his study would be correct in a perfect world.

    50% of company owners are honest and ethical.. the other 50%.. well you can guess what they are.
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    Mar 15, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidSocal.. his study would be correct in a perfect world.

    50% of company owners are honest and ethical.. the other 50%.. well you can guess what they are.
    Study is based on real world data, not some hypothetical model based on what you call a "perfect world".