Research Reports

ILEPI Research Reports provide highly-technical analyses with academic affiliates to assess public policies and economic phenomena, contributing to the extant academic literature. Though advanced in statistical approach, each Research Report is intended to be accessible to the public and to lawmakers.

 

The State of the Unions 2017: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

 

The $5 Billion Cost of Construction Fatalities in the United States: A 50 State Comparison

 

In Support of Route 53/120: Understanding the Transportation, Economic, and Local Impacts of a Modern Roadway

 

The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Effects of Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law: Research Report

 

The Impact of “Right-to-Work” Laws on Labor Market Outcomes in Three Midwest States: Evidence from Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin (2010-2016)

 

 

 

Union Decline and Economic Redistribution: A Report on Twelve Midwest States

 

Policies to Reduce African-American Unemployment: Investments in Education, Infrastructure, Public Employment, and Housing

 

The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Effects of Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage Law: Research Report

 

The Impact of Apprenticeship Programs in Illinois: An Analysis of Economic and Social Effects

 

The Prevailing Wage is the Local Market Rate: Employment and Job Turnover Evidence from the Border of Illinois

 

The Costs and Benefits of International Trade in Illinois: Estimating Impacts on Manufacturing and the Economy

 

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

 

The Impact of Prevailing Wage Laws on 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 the Twin Cities, in Minnesota, and in America

 

The State of the Unions 2016: A Profile of Unionization in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, and in the United States

 

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

 

The State of the Unions 2016: A Profile of Unionization in Iowa and America

 

An Analysis of the Impact of Prevailing Wage Thresholds On Public Construction: Implications for Illinois

 

The History of Economic Inequality in Illinois: 1850 – 2014

 

The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impacts of State Prevailing Wage Laws: Choosing Between the High Road and the Low Road in the Construction Industry

 

Towards the High Road in the New Hampshire Construction Industry: The Impact of a State Prevailing Wage Law

 

A Flowing Economy: How Clean Water Infrastructure Investments Support Good Jobs in Chicago and in Illinois

 

Policies that Support Employment: Investments in Public Education, Investments in Public Infrastructure, and a Balanced State Budget

 

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

 

The State of the Unions 2015: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

 

The Impact of Local “Right-to-Work” Zones: Predicting Outcomes for Workers, the Economy, and Tax Revenues in Illinois

 

Free-Rider States: How Low-Wage Employment in “Right-to-Work” States Is Subsidized by the Economic Benefits of Collective Bargaining

 

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

 

The State of the Unions 2014: A Profile of Unionization in Chicago, in Illinois, and in America

 

Minimum Wage, Maximum Benefit: How a $10 Wage Floor Impacts All Workers and the Economy

 

A Weakened State: The Economic and Social Impacts of Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Illinois

 

Which Labor Market Institutions Reduce Income Inequality? Labor Unions, Prevailing Wage Laws, and Right-to-Work Laws in the Construction Industry

 

Policy Briefs

ILEPI Policy Briefs provide original analyses on policies, practices, and projects of strategic interest. Policy Briefs typically conclude with detailed recommendations for policymakers and lawmakers.

 

A Comparison of Highway Construction Costs in the Midwest and Nationally: Policy Brief

 

HB 1002 (Indiana): Investing in Indiana’s Future

 

Alternative State and Local Options to Fund Public K-12 Education in Illinois: Policy Brief

 

A Highly Educated Classroom: Illinois Teachers Are Not Overpaid

 

Illinois’ Two-Headed Beast: Unfunded Pension Liabilities and Unfunded Infrastructure Needs

 

Prevailing Wage and Military Veterans in Minnesota: Applied Policy Brief

 

Prevailing Wage and Military Veterans in Wisconsin: Applied Policy Brief

 

The Impact of Construction Union Dues in Minnesota: An Organizational and Individual-Level Analysis

 

Better Roads Ahead: Vote YES on the Illinois Transportation Funds Amendment

 

A Minimum-Wage Worker Cannot Afford a Modest Apartment: Evidence from Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa

 

A Corporate Welfare Program That Illinois Cannot Afford: The Retailer’s Discount Costs Over $100 Million a Year

 

Analysis of Graduated Income Tax Proposal: Amendment to House Bill 689

 

The Application and Impact of Labor Union Dues in Illinois: An Organizational and Individual-Level Analysis

 

Revenue Solutions to the State Budget Crisis in Illinois: A Comparative Evaluation

 

The Impacts of New Mexico House Bills 110 & 200 (2016): Policy Brief

 

Illinois Can No Longer Afford to Be a Donor State: Illinois Ranks 46th in Federal Funding

 

The I-RIDE Proposal: Policy Brief Version 2.0

 

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

 

A Turnaround or a Turn Aground? Fact Checking Governor Rauner’s First Claims

 

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

 

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

 

Collaborative Development: The Pros and Cons of P3s on Construction Projects

 

The Benefits of Doing Business in Illinois: Policy Brief

 

In Defense of the Illiana Expressway: Benefits to Workers, Businesses, and Families

 

The Benefits of the Illiana Expressway: An Opportunity for Indiana

 

A Weakened State: The Economic and Social Impacts of Repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law in Illinois

 

The Economic Effects of Adopting a Right-to-Work Law: Implications for Illinois

 

Economic Commentaries

ILEPI Economic Commentaries provide a snapshot into particular policies, practices, or the aspects of the Illinois economy. In each report, ILEPI investigates the facts, informing the public and lawmakers on the condition of the topic of interest.

 

Full-Time Incomes in Illinois: How Are You Doing This Tax Season?

 

The High Cost of Construction Injuries and Fatalities: A Case Study of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

 

Gas Taxes in the United States and Globally: Failing to Address Transportation Infrastructure

 

Road and Bridge Report: Wisconsin vs. Illinois vs. Iowa

 

Nuclear Energy in Illinois: The Foundation of a Clean Energy Future

 

Weakening Waukesha County: Prevailing Wage Changes Will Hurt the County

 

Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in “44 Percent Savings”: Evidence from Southwestern Wisconsin

 

The Views of Economics and Policy Academics in Illinois: 2016-2017 School Year

 

Construction Careers versus Construction Jobs: A Case Study of Two Construction Sectors in the Twin Cities Region

 

School Construction and Prevailing Wage in Minnesota: Economic Commentary

 

The Energy Sector in Illinois: Getting Down and Dirty on Clean Energy Opportunities in Illinois

 

The Energy Sector in Minnesota: Getting Down and Dirty on Clean Energy Opportunities in Minnesota

 

The Status of Female Workers in Illinois: Overrepresented in Unstable, Lower-Paying Sectors

 

Building a Strong Winnebago County: How Prevailing Wage Works

 

The Most Equal and Unequal Jobs in Illinois: Occupational Employment Statistics

 

Wind Power and the Illinois Economy: Summary of Impacts

 

Weakening Prevailing Wage Hurts Local Contractors and Workers: A Case Study from Southern Indiana

 

Obesity in America and Illinois: Reducing Obesity Can Benefit the Economy

 

States with Higher Minimum Wages Added More Jobs: April 2015 – April 2016

 

The Rise of Wage Inequality in Illinois: In Two Graphs

 

Road Infrastructure Investment Summary: Illinois vs. Texas

 

Insuring Illinois: The Affordable Care Act Has Expanded Health Coverage

 

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

 

A $10 Billion Loss: Illinois’ Motor Fuel Tax Should Have an Inflationary Adjustment

 

Competency Needed: Addressing Iowa’s Skilled Construction Worker Shortage

 

Stop Saying that Illinois is Bad for Business: The Data Show Otherwise

 

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 Views of Economics and Policy Academics in Illinois: Economic Commentary

 

Collective-Bargaining, Right-to-Work, and the Business Location of America’s Top Companies: Economic Commentary

 

Unions Can Increase Efficiency: Ten Examples

 

Building a Strong Lake County: How Prevailing Wage Works

 

Localized Disempowerment: The Movement to Implement Right-to-Work ‘Zones’

 

Building a Strong DuPage County: How Prevailing Wage Works

 

Building a Strong Kane County: How Prevailing Wage Works

 

Efficiencies of Project Labor Agreements: Illinois Capital Development Board Projects, 2011-2013

The Major Victims of Right-to-Work Laws: Construction Workers

 

The Distribution of I-RIDE Revenues: 2015 Local Allotments

 

Illinois Income Report: How Are You Doing This Tax Season?

 

Infrastructure Investment and Public Safety Spending: Economic Impacts for Illinois

 

Prevailing Wage Laws, Contractor Profits, and the Economic Pie: Economic Commentary

 

Illinois Teens and the Minimum Wage: The Impacts of Minimum Wage Hikes, 2004-2013

 

The Pay of Union Leaders: Debunking the “Big” Labor Myth

 

Building a Strong McHenry: How Prevailing Wage Works

 

P3s: Where Wall Street Meets Main Street

 

Illinois Federal Income Taxes: By Occupation, 2011-2013.

 

Union and Nonunion Households: General Social Survey, 2000-2012

 

Broken Promises: Right-to-Work’s Early Track Record in Indiana

 

A State of Lost Labor: Who Are the Unemployed in Illinois?

 

The State of Working Illinois 2013: Labor in the Land of Lincoln

 

Illiana Expressway Jobs: Summary of Job Creation Estimates

 

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

 

Vehicular Infrastructure Investment: Illinois vs. Missouri

 

Highway Construction Costs: How Does Illinois Compare?

 

Off-Roading?: Analyzing Diversions from Illinois’ Road Fund

 

The Proper Role of Government in the Economy: Economic Commentary

 

Policy Presentations

The Economic and Social Impact of Apprenticeship Programs: PowerPoint

 

Labor Costs in the Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Sector: PowerPoint

 

The I-RIDE Proposal: ILEPI-IIIFFC PowerPoint

 

The Negative Impacts of “Right-to-Work” Laws: PowerPoint

 

The Economic Effects of Prevailing Wages: PowerPoint

 

Testimonies Powered by ILEPI

Union Membership Declined in “Right-to-Work” States and Increased in Collective-Bargaining States Last Year: Policy Memo

 

Responsible Bidder Ordinances are Protection Plans for Taxpayers, Providing the Highest Value at the Lowest Cost: Policy Memo

 

The H-2B Guest Worker Program Unnecessarily Lowers Construction Worker Wages in Illinois: Policy Memo

 

Transportation and Construction in Illinois: Fact Sheet

 

Prevailing Wage Laws and “Right-to-Work” Laws: Fact Sheet

 

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce: Robert Bruno on “Right-to-Work”

 

McHenry County College Board of Trustees: Frank Manzo IV on Prevailing Wage

 

Illinois Senate: Marc Poulos on Prevailing Wage

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