How an Area’s Union Membership Can Predict Children’s Advancement

Photo A minimum wage protest at Columbus Circle in New York City in April. It is well established that unions provide benefits to workers — that they raise wages for their members (and even for nonmembers ). They can help reduce inequality .

A new study suggests that unions may also help children move up the economic ladder.

Researchers at Harvard , Wellesley and the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, released a paper Wednesday showing that children born to low-income families typically ascend to higher incomes in metropolitan areas where union membership is higher.The size of the effect […]