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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State and local governments commonly use economic development incentives such as tax credits and exemptions to try to boost their economies by encouraging businesses to relocate or expand within their borders. But such incentives can represent major budget commitments, costing these governments tens of billions of dollars every year. Read More
The U.S. employment rate for adults of prime working age rose in 2017 for a seventh consecutive year but still fell short of its high before the Great Recession. In another sign of progress, the number of states with prime-age employment rates that were clearly below pre-recession levels continued to shrink—down to just 10. Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ states’ fiscal health project studies the budget and economic challenges facing states and helps them design targeted, evidence-based solutions. The project addresses four policy areas: strengthening economic development tax incentives; building effective budget reserves; ensuring that debt is affordable; and evaluating municipal finances. Read More