Reams of peer-reviewed academic research have definitively established that there is no consistent cost difference between prevailing wage and non-prevailing wage projects[i].  However, a comparison of the construction industries in the 25 US States with average or strong prevailing wage laws, and the 25 with weak or no prevailing wage laws does reveal other quantifiable differences.

Aside from wages, these differences include rates of local hiring, workforce productivity, and construction industry spending dynamics—each of which are charted below. Above all else, these differences show that prevailing wage policies offer the best value for taxpayers, the economy and the construction industry as a whole.



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[i] Below is a partial list of peer-reviewed studies have concluded that there is no statistically significant cost difference between prevailing wage and non-prevailing wage public construction projects.


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