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The Case Against the Davis-Bacon Act: Fifty-Four Reasons for Repeal
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The Case Against the Davis-Bacon Act: Fifty-Four Reasons for Repeal (Paperback)

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The Davis-Bacon Act is a United States federal law that established the requirement that prevailing wages must be paid on public works projects. In this book, Armand J. Thieblot argues that the law was passed under false pretenses and based on flawed economic logic. Despite this, the law continues to expand in scope and increase in cost. The act is supported by a substantial bureaucracy within the Department of Labor that has resisted all efforts at substantive modernization or reform. Today, the Davis-Bacon Act is the bedrock upon which stands one of the last bastions of private unionization in the construction industry. This book provides a compelling list of fifty-four separate reasons why the Davis-Bacon Act should be repealed.



Thieblot deals with the history, purposes, and administrative concepts of prevailing wage laws, providing an overview of the act's administration. He covers the survey and determination process, and delves into how the act is administered. Thieblot summarizes its direct and indirect costs, evaluates counterclaims on the economic impact of Davis-Bacon, and considers compromises short of full repeal. Also included are seven appendices that provide full support for the conclusions summarized in the main text.



Thieblot documents a case against Davis-Bacon that is neither judgmental nor political, but he does question whether there is compelling public interest in maintaining a federal prevailing wage law. He puts forward a list of reasons why the Davis-Bacon Act should be repealed, making a convincing case that deserves action and not just simple consideration. This work should be read by all economists, lawmakers, and government officials.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesIndustrial relations & safetyIndustrial relationsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawGovernment powersPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociology Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 15/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9781412849883  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Armand J. Thieblot is director of the Olin Institute book programme and a member of the institute's board. He is the author or co-author of eleven books and of numerous articles, many of which appeared in the Journal of Labor Research.

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