Jeff Chapman directs Pew's economic development work, which helps states shape economic strategies that are effective, accountable, and fiscally sound.
Chapman oversees outreach to state leaders, which includes technical assistance to develop and adopt policy solutions. He also manages a team of researchers who identify and analyze proven approaches that serve as models for other states. He is a frequent speaker and has testified before state legislative bodies as well as professional and academic associations.
Chapman came to Pew in 2010 from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, where he conducted analyses to evaluate and guide state fiscal policy development. He also advised Washington Governor Christine Gregoire as a member of her Council of Economic Advisors. Previously, as an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, Chapman performed research and provided technical assistance to state-based think tanks.
Chapman earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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New Jersey faces significant fiscal challenges, including chronic budget shortfalls, substantial long-term obligations, and rising costs for services. These difficulties have led to 11 downgrades from rating agencies in the last seven years. Overcoming them will not be easy, but evidence-based policies can help put the state on stronger financial footing. Read More
Economic development incentives are one of the primary tools states use to try to strengthen their economies. Every state employs a mix of tax incentives, grants, and loans in an effort to create jobs, encourage business expansions, and achieve other goals. When lawmakers consider enacting, renewing, or extending one of these programs, asking three questions can help ensure the best outcome for... Read More
The U.S. employment rate for adults of prime working age rose during the 12 months that ended in June 2017, yet remained clearly lower than in 2007, just before the Great Recession. Reflecting the national trend, the percentage of 25- to 54-year-olds with a job was clearly lower in 15 states. Read More