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Mandating employee benefits isn't free

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I've repeatedly noted on this site the costs to employees of increasing litigation rights; any expected increase in the cost of defending against employee lawsuits is going to come at the expense of wages and perhaps jobs. E.g., Jan. 12; June 6.

The economics bloggers are currently discussing the same principle, and the empirical evidence for it: Tabarrok; Yglesias. This continues an earlier discussion where Cowen and Tabarrok (and Gordon via Cowen) had useful thoughts on "coercion" in the workplace.

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