The Real Cost of Luring Big Companies to Town

Source: Sarah Holder, City Lab, March 29, 2018

A new economic analysis suggests that when cities and states offer tax deals for large companies, public education suffers and incomes eventually fall.

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Who Benefits From Economic Development Incentives? How Incentive Effects on Local Incomes and the Income Distribution Vary With Different Assumptions About Incentive Policy and the Local Economy
Source: Timothy Bartik, W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2018

From the abstract:
As state and local governments have assembled lavish incentive packages to lure business such as Foxconn and Amazon, many have questioned whether these incentives are a good deal. In a new report from the Upjohn Institute, Senior Economist Timothy Bartik shows that the typical incentive package has only modest benefits for local jobs and incomes. Carefully targeted incentives can provide much larger local benefits, but those that draw money from public services such as education can significantly harm local economies.

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