Economic Development Tax Incentives Project

Economic Development Tax Incentives Project



Do policymakers have the evidence they need to determine whether tax incentives are working? Are they managing the budget risks associated with tax incentives? Pew’s research answers these and other critical questions, and highlights steps that leading states have taken to estimate and control tax incentive costs and measure the economic impact of these programs.


August 1, 2013

Rhode Island's Plan for Evaluating Tax Incentives

Rhode Island’s tax incentive evaluation process will help the state base its economic development strategy on solid evidence. Here’s how the evaluation process works. More
December 13, 2012

Avoiding Blank Checks

Reliable cost estimates and annual cost controls for tax incentives have helped states promote job creation and economic growth while avoiding unexpected budget challenges. But Pew’s analysis shows that policy makers often create tax credits, deductions, and exemptions without these tools, raising the risk of budget shortfalls and unplanned spending cuts or tax increases to close them.  More

Evidence Counts

A report by the Pew Center on the States concludes that 13 states are leading the way in generating much-needed answers about tax incentives’ effectiveness. The study highlights a wealth of promising approaches states have taken to help lawmakers find those answers.  More
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