An Economic Examination of West Virginia ‘s Prevailing Wage Law

Published January 1, 2009


The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia is a nonprofit research and educational organization that conducts scholarly research and analysis of public policy in West Virginia. The Foundation’s mission is to advance sound policies based on the principles of free enterprise, individual liberty, and limited government.

The Foundation shall pursue its mission by conducting timely research on important issues and communicating the findings to government officials, elected leaders, the media, business leaders, community organizations, and individual citizens.

This report is published as part of a series of books and reports produced through The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia’s Center for Economic Growth in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Center’s first edited volume,

Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It, was named winner of the 2008 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, which honors think tank publications that have made the greatest contributions to the public understanding of the free society