Evaluating Tax Incentives: Choosing Goals and Measuring Results

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Many states struggle to analyze the results of their economic development tax incentives because policymakers’ goals for the programs are unclear, obsolete, or hard to measure. This NCSL webinar discusses how lawmakers and evaluators have overcome these challenges. Officials from two states share lessons from their efforts to improve tax incentive goals and evaluations, and experts from The Pew Charitable Trusts present their research on effective approaches to determine meaningful goals and metrics and measure incentives’ economic impact.

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  • Mandy Rafool, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL


  • Julie Srey, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • David Kirchner, Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division
  • Brent Lane, University of North Carolina Center for Competitive Economics

This webinar is made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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