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March 2011

The Bad

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 […]

March 2011

The Good

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 […]

March 2011

Behold a Pale Rider

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 […]