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The Economic Impact of a Right-to-Work Law on Wisconsin

February 26, 2015
By Christopher Denhart, Joseph Hartge, and Richard Vedder

This paper, published by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute in February 2015, examines the economic impacts of right-to-work legislation (RTW) in the state of Wisconsin.

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This paper, published by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute in February 2015, examines the economic impacts of right-to-work legislation (RTW) in the state of Wisconsin. According to the authors’ research, “statistical results suggest that, in fact, the presence of a RTW law added about six percentage points to the growth rate of RTW states from 1983 to 2013.”

 “Our regression analysis,” the authors write, “suggests that had Wisconsin adopted a RTW law in 1983, per capita income would have been $1,683 higher in 2013 than it actually was, and would have brought the state slightly over the national per capita personal income average.”