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Graphs of the day: on labour unions and income inequality

Author: Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva  (@rivefuentes)

Al Jazeera America has an opinion piece today on why unions still matter.  It shows this graph from a paper by Larry Mishel and Will Kimbal at the Economic Policy Institute.

Unions_Income_Share

Mishel and Kimball build upon previous work  by Colin Gordon who concludes,

Labor unions both sustained prosperity, and ensured that it was shared. The impact of all of this on wage or income inequality is a complex question (shaped by skill, occupation, education, and demographics) but the bottom line is clear: There is a demonstrable wage premium for union workers.”

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