*Associate Professors, Trinity University. We wish to thank the editor and two anonymous referees for their valuable suggestions.
RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS AND FREE RIDING
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Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 52–58, January 1993
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DAVIS, J. C. and HUSTON, J. H. (1993), RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS AND FREE RIDING. Economic Inquiry, 31: 52–58. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.1993.tb00865.x
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Many economists argue that state right-to-work laws, by disallowing union shops, encourage free riding and thus diminish union viability. Others counter that right-to-work laws are not enforced and that they represent local attitudes and employee characteristics which would encourage free riding in any me. We find that when other factors which affect free riding are taken into account, the marginal impact of right-to-work laws remains significant, although of a smaller magnitude than that found in previous bivariate studies.