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Making Sense of Incentives

Timothy J. Bartik, Upjohn Institute will discuss his book "Making Sense of Incentives: Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity".

In this book, Bartik analyzes incentives’ benefits and costs with an economic model based on empirical evidence. Common claims about incentives are debunked. For example, incentives don’t tip every location decision of assisted businesses; research suggests that typical incentives tip less than 25 percent of the location or expansion decisions of assisted businesses. Even without the incentives, the state or local area would have received at least 75 percent of these jobs.

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