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Replacing churches and mason lodges? Tax exemptions and rural development

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  • Behaghel, Luc
  • Lorenceau, Adrien
  • Quantin, Simon

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This paper uses regression discontinuity design to provide quasi-experimental estimates of the impact of a tax credit program targeted at rural areas in France, including corporate and payroll tax exemptions. We find no impact of the program on total employment or the number of businesses, and no impact of the different program components on targeted subsets of firms. Comparison with a contemporaneous urban scheme suggests ways the incentives of the rural program could be targeted more effectively.

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  • Behaghel, Luc & Lorenceau, Adrien & Quantin, Simon, 2013. "Replacing churches and mason lodges? Tax exemptions and rural development," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) 1308, CEPREMAP.
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    1. Hervé Cardot & Antonio Musolesi, 2017. "Modeling temporal treatment effects with zero inflated semi-parametric regression models: the case of local development policies in France," SEEDS Working Papers 0317, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Aug 2017.

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    Keywords

    tax exemptions; rural development; enterprise zones;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm

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