Confessions of a Serial Tax Abater

New times and new realities command change and adaptation. The Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development is no exception. With the beginning of the New Year, Volume 8, we introduced our latest and greatest version of the Journal. The NEW Journal is exclusively online. The core of the new Journal will be two reviews, published each month, under the byline “In the Trenches”. “In the Trenches” is our “above the fold” cornerstone around which the reviews will focus, reflecting our central purpose of translating academic and think tank research into the language of local economic directors in the field. We invite your feedback and contributions.

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In the Trenches

The Ugly

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Any reader of the articles in “The Ugly” knows pretty quickly where their authors stand on tax abatement and incentives. If the title of the articles does not suggest a conclusion, the opening paragraph of Alan Peters & Peter Fisher’s, The Failures of Economic Development Incentives”, Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol.70, No 1, […]

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The Bad

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In my professional life the two sources of information regarding tax abatement effectiveness seemed to issue from either Think Tanks/Institutes whose membership and revenue base was drawn from labor unions, or from academia. Conversely, in response, practitioners of local economic development, one after another, would counter any criticisms and outrage from academia or the Institutes […]

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The Good

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The articles reviewed in this section are labeled “The Good” simply because they accept the existence of tax abatement and incentives. They acknowledge that under some circumstances tax abatement can be productive and useful and are searching to both understand how abatements actually operate in the field and how to improve their performance. The Economic […]

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Behold a Pale Rider

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What is responsible for the controversy regarding the use of tax abatement in local economic development? Specifically, should the serial tax abater feel ashamed or proud for what he has done in his past life? It is the recipient that is the heart of the tax abatement controversy.Our take on this question is that the […]

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