What is it about?

This analysis uses 2003-2012 data from Indiana counties to examine whether Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a widely used economic development tool, captures activity that would have occurred anyway. The model results suggest that TIF is used to capture existing growth.

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Why is it important?

TIF was developed as a tool to encourage economic growth but this research suggests that local governments use it as a budget management tool to provide another source of revenue for projects rather than an economic development tool to increase property values.

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This article is the culmination of work we have to understand the efficacy of TIF in Indiana.

Dagney Faulk
Ball State University

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This page is a summary of: Tax increment financing: Capturing or creating growth?, Growth and Change, April 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/grow.12296.
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