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Do Economic Development Incentives Crowd Out Public Expenditures in U.S. States?

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  • Wang Jia

    (Department of Economics, University of the South, Sewanee, TN, USA)

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This paper investigates whether economic development incentives (EDI) crowd out public expenditures in U.S. states. Using EDI data from a new database, this paper employs a two-way fixed effect panel framework and generalized method of moments (GMM) approach to account for dynamic features associated with public expenditures. Potential endogeneity of policy variables and problems with unbalanced panels are also addressed. Results show relatively little effect of incentives spending on most public goods expenditures contemporaneously, with negative repercussions beginning to appear in year one. Findings of this paper carry practical importance for policymakers concerning the efficacy of incentives.

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  • Wang Jia, 2016. "Do Economic Development Incentives Crowd Out Public Expenditures in U.S. States?," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 16(1), pages 513-538, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:16:y:2016:i:1:p:513-538:n:12
    DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2015-0042
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    3. Mitchell, Matt & Farren, Michael & Gonzalez, Olivia & Horpedahl, Jeremy, 2019. "The Economics of a Targeted Economic Development Subsidy," Annals of Computational Economics, George Mason University, Mercatus Center, November.

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