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RESEARCH

We engage in research to help level the playing field for contractors, workers and communities. 

Research allows us to promote compliance, fairness and high quality labor standards. Compiled below you'll find studies that help keep the construction industry informed of new markets, trends and unlawful business practices. 

Construction Industry Research

The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Nevada Construction Industry

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Ken Jacobs, Kuochih Huang, Jenifer MacGillvary, and Enrique Lopezlira (March 2022).

 

The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Arizona Construction Industry

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

​Ken Jacobs, Kuochih Huang, Jenifer MacGillvary, and Enrique Lopezlira (March 2022).

 

The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the US Construction Industry

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Ken Jacobs, Kuochih Huang, Jenifer MacGillvary, and Enrique Lopezlira (January 2022).

The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in California’s Construction Industry

UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Ken Jacobs and Kuochih Huang (June 2021).

An Empirical Methodology to Estimate the Incidence and Costs of Payroll Fraud in the Construction Industry 

Russell Ormiston, Dale Belman, and Mark Erlich; Allegheny College, Michigan State University, and Harvard University (January 2020).

Rebuilding California: The Golden State’s Housing Workforce Reckoning 

Smart Cities Prevail

Scott Littlehale  (January 2019).

Affordable Housing in Los Angeles: Delivering more— and doing it faster

McKinsey Global Institute

Jonathan Woetzel, Tim Ward, Shannon Peloquin, Steve Kling & Sucheta Arora

(November 2019).

Building America with Prevailing Wage: The Davis-Bacon Act Delivers Good Middle-Class Jobs, a Stronger Economy, and the Best Value for U.S. Taxpayers 

Kevin Duncan, Peter Philips, and Frank Manzo IV; Colorado State University-Pueblo, University of Utah, and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (2017).

Sinking Underground: The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction

Economic Roundtable

Yvonne Yen Liu, Daniel Flaming, Patrick Burns (September 2014).​​​