Economic Development Incentive Evaluation Project

This page provides details on a series of economic development evaluations as well as some public commentary.

The Effectiveness of the Texas Chapter 313 Program

The Texas Chapter 313 program targets capital intensive investments for tax relief through a property tax limitation.

I have produced a two page summary, a Policy Brief as well as a Research Paper this program. Comments welcome!

The raw data for all of the 313 applications has been archived on the Open Science Framework.

An additional data set coding the costs of the program as well as additional coding from these applications here (data and codebook both in Excel).

I have written a number of op-eds based on this project.

Coverage of this study on Texas economic development in the Texas Observer (1), Texas Observer (2), Houston Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, Odessa American,

Job Creation and the Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) Program.

This research has been published in the Journal of Public Policy.

Additional Evaluations

My latest evaluations were pre-registered. Thus my methods were pre-specified before I had access to the data.

This evaluation of Maryland and Virginia’s flagship economic development programs has been published at Research & Politics.

The Political Economy of Economic Development Incentives

I have produced a number of co-authored pieces on the politics of incentives.  This includes research on how politicians use incentives to claim credit for investment in their district (gated, here). This leads elected politicians to offer bigger incentives with less oversight (gated, here).

Reports and Information on Foxconn and Amazon Incentives

I am beginning to collect data on Foxconn’s incentive offers in Wisconsin and Amazon’s competition for a second headquarters (HQ2). I will be posting information on these two investments here.

My piece in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage on Amazon. And my op-ed in USA Today on the misguided economic development secrecy in the Amazon bids.

For details on North Carolina’s losing bid for Foxconn, see this Proposal from a public records request.

A letter from North Carolina’s two U.S. Senators highlights their committee memberships and ability to help secure federal benefits for Foxconn.

Media Commentary On Incentives

September 2017 KJZZ Phoenix radio interview on Amazon’s search for HQ2 and Texas Monthly on secrecy around Amazon.

Other media quotes on incentives at US News and World Report, Fox Business, CNN Money, Next City (1), Next City (2), Think Progress, Hartford Courant,  International Business Times (1), International Business Times (2), CBS News, Dallas News, Axois, Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News, the Providence Journal, Phoenix Business Journal, Triangle Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, CNN Money, Politico, …