Labor Unions and Unequal Representation

  title={Labor Unions and Unequal Representation},
  author={Daniel Stegmueller and Michael Becher and Konstantin K{\"a}ppner},
  journal={PSN: Other Political Behavior: Voting \& Public Opinion (Topic)},
Recent research has documented that lawmakers are more responsive to the views of the affluent than to the less well-off. This raises the important question of whether there are institutions that can limit unequal representation. We argue that labor unions play this role and we provide evidence from the contemporary U.S. House of Representatives. Our extensive dataset combines a novel measure of district-level union strength, drawn from 350,000 administrative records, with income-specific… 
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