Construction Industry

  • Press Release
    September 2, 2016 - 7:39pm

    HARRISBURG, PA – At a divisive moment in America, in the context of a campaign which has exploited electoral anger borne in part from economic difficulty, the Keystone Research Center today released the 21st edition of its report The State of Working Pennsylvania. The report finds that most groups in the state, whatever their race, ethnicity, gender, or education level, have experienced wage stagnation or decline in recent decades.

  • Press Release
    January 14, 2016 - 3:24pm

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    A new study released today by leading national researchers on the construction industry finds that a proposed New Hampshire prevailing wage law would boost the state economy by at least $300 million, create several thousand jobs, and increase state and local tax revenue by up to $17 million.

  • Research Report
    January 14, 2016 - 3:17pm

    Executive Summary

    Prevailing wage policies specify wage and benefit standards for construction projects paid for with public funds. In recent years, these policies have been the subject of vigorous debate in city councils, state legislatures, and the United States Congress. Often missing from the discussion is the broader effect of prevailing wage on the overall economy.

  • Issues
    March 29, 2012 - 1:46pm


    Construction workers on projects covered by Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage law must be paid minimum “prevailing” wage and benefit levels which vary by occupation and geographical area within the state. This issue overview reviews the economic research on prevailing wage laws so that legislators and members of the public can determine their position on these laws based on evidence rather than ideology.

    History of Prevailing Wage Laws

  • Briefing Paper
    October 3, 2011 - 11:08am
  • Briefing Paper
    September 9, 2008 - 1:50pm

    In January 2008 the Keystone Research Center released A Building Storm:The Housing Market and the Pennsylvania Economy, the first detailed study of the housing market in Pennsylvania and its major economic regions. Data available at that time showed that the growth in housing prices in Pennsylvania had slowed but not yet begun to fall. We warned in our first housing report, however, that the Pennsylvania housing market appeared to be following national trends and that nationally, home prices were already falling.

  • Briefing Paper
    January 31, 2008 - 1:52pm

    In the nation and in Pennsylvania, a building storm of home foreclosures, falling home prices, and tightening credit markets has put the brakes on economic growth, and led to mounting concern that the
    country may face a deep recession. To date, however, no one has examined in detail the housing market in Pennsylvania or the impact of housing market developments on the Pennsylvania economy.

  • Policy Watch
    September 30, 2003 - 11:00pm


  • Research Report
    January 1, 2002 - 1:05pm


    In recent years, the U.S. construction industry has faced a shortage of skilled craft workers. This shortage could grow more severe in the years ahead due to an aging construction workforce, leading to high rates of retirement. Since the late 1980s, the share of Pennsylvania construction industry workers aged 40 and over has risen from just under a third to nearly half.

  • Briefing Paper
    February 1, 1999 - 10:41am

    Pennsylvania law requires construction contractors working on publicly funded construction or renovation projects to pay workers at a minimum the prevailing wages and benefits in their respective trades in the geographical area in which the work is performed.

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