Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data

@article{Farber2018UnionsAI,
  title={Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data},
  author={Henry S. Farber and Daniel Z. Herbst and Ilyana Kuziemko and Suresh Naidu},
  journal={PSN: Income Inequality (Topic)},
  year={2018}
}
It is well-documented that, since at least the early twentieth century, U.S. income inequality has varied inversely with union density. But moving beyond this aggregate relationship has proven difficult, in part because of the absence of micro-level data on union membership prior to 1973. We develop a new source of micro-data on union membership, opinion polls primarily from Gallup (N ≈ 980,000), to look at the effects of unions on inequality from 1936 to the present. First, we present a new… Expand
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