Union membership and the arc of inequality (graph)

A fascinating graph by Colin Gordon for Dissent magazine shows the relationship in the United States between union membership and inequality.

A fascinating graph by Colin Gordon for Dissent magazine illustrates the relationship in the United States between union membership and inequality. Essentially, as union membership has declined (the blue line) the share of income going to the top 10 per cent has increased (the red line).

You can play around with the variables using the drop down menus, switching between the top 10 per cent and the top five and one per cents. You can also switch between private and public sector union membership.

Not, I imagine, something we didn’t already suspect, but it’s useful to have it put so clearly.

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