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Despite declining membership, organized labor continues to reduce economic inequality in the American states

Bucci, Laura (2018) Despite declining membership, organized labor continues to reduce economic inequality in the American states. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (22 Jun 2018), pp. 1-3. Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Economic inequality is a growing problem in the US. While labor unions are one pathway to lower levels of inequality, their presence in the US is declining relative to other industrialized democracies. But to what extent does organized labor provide a check on inequality above that of public policy? Using the American states, Laura Bucci finds new evidence that those where unions have more members are more equal, and that this pattern is not simply because those states are more liberal. While organized labor does lower levels of inequality, state labor policy, such as enacting Right to Work laws may make the relationship more difficult to maintain over time.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2018/06/22/despit...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: IGA: United States Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
Sets: Research centres and groups > United States Centre
Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 16:02
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 14:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90695

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