Resources for evaluating economic development tax incentives

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State and city analysts tasked with evaluating tax incentives recently convened in Philadelphia to learn how their peers are tackling the challenge of conducting quality program assessments. Organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures and The Pew Charitable Trusts, participants discussed steps to improve evaluation processes, ways to link evaluations to policy change, and methodologies and modeling techniques.

Resources that are available to help these evaluators and anyone else interested in incentive programs and policies are: 

NCSL State Tax Incentive Evaluations Database 

Over 100 evaluation reports from 34 states are searchable by topic, incentive type, state and year. 

Pew Economic Development Tax Incentives Research & Analysis

The Pew Charitable Trusts continues to offer reports and analysis on tax incentives as it has since releasing the 2012 study, Evidence Counts. 2017 releases include a State Tax Incentive Evaluation Ratings page,  the report How States Are Improving Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growthand the State Fiscal Policy Toolkit.

Upjohn Panel Database on Incentives and Taxes 

Dr. Timothy Bartik at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research has created a database tracking job creation tax credits, property tax abatements, investment tax credits, R&D tax credits, and customized job training programs in 33 states and covering 45 industries for the period 1990-2015. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the database "allows users to not only explore incentives across states, industries and time, but also allows policymakers to investigate the efficiency and efficacy of the incentives they offer." 

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