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Davis-Bacon: A Costly Contradiction

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Publication Date: June 1979

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Eugene J. McAllister

Topic: Labor (Labor policy)
Law and ethics (Labor law)

Keywords: Labor

Type: Report


An obscure labor law, the Davis-Bacon Act, is costing the federal government at least three-quarters of a billion dollars a year in wasteful construction costs. It is also restricting minority entry into the construction crafts and shrinking the value of Section 8 housing subsidies for the poor and elderly.