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Replacing Churches and Mason Lodges? Tax Exemptions and Rural Development

  • Behaghel, Luc


    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Lorenceau, Adrien


    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Quantin, Simon


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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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7808.

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Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Journal of Public Economics, 2015
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7808
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