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The efficiency of enterprise zone programs Some conflicting results?

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  • Florian MAYNERIS

    () (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches économiques et sociales (IRES) and Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

  • Loriane PY

    () (Banque de France et Institut des politiques publiques)

Abstract

We propose in this paper a critical review of the literature on urban enterprise zones. The results that emerge from the papers published over the last twenty years vary a lot across studies. Several explanations can account for these apparently conflicting results. Technical tools and empirical methods for the evaluation of such policies have greatly improved since the 1990’s. Moreover, it seems that the efficiency of urban enterprise zones depends on zone characteristics, industrial sector and policy design. Further research in this area should try to better take into account general equilibrium effects, in order to provide a more accurate measure of the welfare implications of these policies.

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  • Florian MAYNERIS & Loriane PY, 2013. "The efficiency of enterprise zone programs Some conflicting results?," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2013025, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
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    Keywords

    Enterprise Zones; Littérature Review; Heterogeneous Effects;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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