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David Autor is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the determinants of inequality, with particular emphasis on the impact of technology, automation, and trade on labor market outcomes. He has been an NBER affiliate since 1999.

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Alexandre Mas is the William S. Tod Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research focuses on the role of fairness considerations, social forces, credit disruptions, and other factors in affecting labor market outcomes. He has been an NBER affiliate since 2006.

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The graph is an event-study figure titled "State Right-to-Work Laws and Unionization."   The chart plots estimates of the difference in the unionization rate between states that adopted right-to-work laws from 2011 to 2017 and states that never adopted them, relative to the year before right-to-work was implemented.   The y-axis ranges from -8 to 2 percentage points, and the x-axis ranges from five years before to five years after right-to-work implementation.  In the year of implementation, right-to-work r
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Under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, all workers covered by collective-bargaining agreements receive the full benefits of those agreements,...
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