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Policy Convergence, State Film-Production Incentives, and Employment: A Brief Case Study


  • Richard Adkisson


Between 1992 and 2009, 44 of the American states adopted incentive programs to encourage film production. The primary focus of this paper is to report on a case study of state and national film-production employment during a period (1997-2011) when states were spending substantial treasure and effort to encourage film production. The paper further speculates as to the forces behind convergence of policy around film-production incentives. Ultimately, the evidence suggests that state efforts to attract film-production employment were largely ineffective and perhaps a zero-sum game.

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  • Richard Adkisson, 2013. "Policy Convergence, State Film-Production Incentives, and Employment: A Brief Case Study," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(2), pages 445-454.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:47:y:2013:i:2:p:445-454
    DOI: 10.2753/JEI0021-3624460218

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    1. Button, Patrick, 2019. "Do tax incentives affect business location and economic development? Evidence from state film incentives," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 315-339.
    2. Rickman, Dan & Wang, Hongbo, 2020. "Assessing State Economic Development from Motion Picture and Television Production Incentives: Standardizing the Industry for Analysis," MPRA Paper 104052, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Rickman, Dan S. & Wang, Hongbo, 2022. "Industry Aggregation and Assessment of State Economic Development from Motion Picture and Television Production Incentives," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 52(1), August.
    4. Dan S. Rickman & Hongbo Wang, 2023. "Creating and maintaining film clusters: Synthetic control method analysis of the enactment and repeal of US state film incentives," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 102(2), pages 363-392, April.
    5. Alec Workman, 2021. "Ready for a Close-Up: The Effect of Tax Incentives on Film Production in California," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 35(2), pages 125-140, May.
    6. John Charles Bradbury, 2020. "Do Movie Production Incentives Generate Economic Development?," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 38(2), pages 327-342, April.
    7. Rickman, Dan & Wang, Hongbo, 2020. "Lights, Camera, What Action? The Nascent Literature on the Economics of US State Film Incentives," MPRA Paper 104477, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Stephanie Leiser, 2017. "The Diffusion of State Film Incentives: A Mixed-Methods Case Study," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 31(3), pages 255-267, August.

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