Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI)

The Midwest Economic Policy Institute is an assumed name of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute used when the researched policy, project, or market primarily impacts the Midwest region extending beyond the borders of Illinois. The Midwest Economic Policy Institute believes states must collaborate and learn from one another to build a high-road economy that works for all families. To that aim, the Midwest Economic Policy Institute supports timely, candid, and dynamic research on major subjects affecting Midwestern economies, specializing in infrastructure investment and the construction industry. MEPI educates the public and lawmakers through reports, publications, forums, conferences, the media, and social media.

MEPI uses reliable research techniques to evaluate working conditions, industries, labor standards, fiscal conditions, and policy changes throughout the region. Subjects of interest include (but are not limited to): prevailing wage legislation, right-to-work and collective bargaining laws, employee misclassification, project labor agreements, public and private transportation investment, the utilities and energy industries, and human capital investment of the region’s youth and workers.

The Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws and Military Veterans: An Economic and Labor Market Analysis

The Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws and Military Veterans: Report Fact Sheet

The State of the Unions 2016: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

The State of the Unions 2016: A Profile of Unionization in Indianapolis, in Indiana, and in America

Two Sides of the Same Gold Coin: School Construction and Water Quality Projects in Iowa

Competency Needed: Addressing Iowa’s Skilled Construction Worker Shortage

Causes of Indiana’s Road Funding Gap: Inflation, Fuel Efficiency, and Inaction

The Cost of Construction Injuries and Fatalities in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa: Economic Commentary

The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy: Impacts on Total Construction Costs and Economic Activity

Road and Bridge Construction Workers in the Midwest: Productive, High-Skilled, and Well-Paid

Self-Sufficient Construction Workers: Why Prevailing Wage Laws are the Best Deal for Taxpayers

The IN-RIDE Proposal: A Modern, Sustainable Policy to Fund Transportation Infrastructure

The Benefits of the Illiana Expressway: An Opportunity for Indiana

Common Sense Construction: The Economic Impacts of Indiana’s Common Construction Wage

P3s: Where Wall Street Meets Main Street

Increasing Horizontal Construction through the Gas Tax: Benefits to Clinton County, IA

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