High Achieving Children Linked to Union Member Parents

According to POLITICO Pro, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) released a new report which shows that intergenerational social mobility is strongly linked to union membership.

The findings were published in a working paper by lead author, Harvard economist Richard Freedom, where evidence shows that union children achieve higher levels of education and better health-status than non-union children.

The paper found that on average, the income of union children tends to be 16 percent higher than that of non-union children.Offspring from communities with high union earned more money compared to their parents than offspring from areas with lower union density.

Unions’ existence benefits both union and non-union members because the organizations advocate for policies such as increases in minimum wage, education spending and improving public services.