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

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

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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 is small, but there aren’t many other factors that are […]