Economic Development Tax Incentives

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States spend billions of dollars a year on tax credits, deductions, and exemptions that are meant to encourage businesses to create or retain jobs and make investments. Pew studies the policies and practices that states have used to generate much-needed analyses about the costs and economic returns of tax incentives. Based on this research, we work with state leaders to:

  • Make a plan to evaluate the results of all major incentives on a regular schedule.
  • Measure the impact of these programs using high-quality evaluations.
  • Inform policy choices with evaluation findings to improve the effectiveness of tax incentives.


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