An Analysis of Mississippi Tax Incentives

Brawner, Bruce H (2018) An Analysis of Mississippi Tax Incentives. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Josh Hendrickson from Economics, The University of Mississippi.

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The locational decisions of firms present a complex economic and political problem for State Legislatures across the United States of America. It is well known that individual states compete against one another, offering large packages of incentives to firms who open within their borders – a process popularly known as the “race to the bottom.” This thesis examines public subsidy information reported by the Mississippi Development Authority alongside wage and employment data from 1990 to 2016 in a local projection framework to examine whether or not treatment effects of local government spending are significant. I then employ the same method on targeted industries. I find no significant evidence these subsidies have measurable effects on wage or employment in Mississippi.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Brawner, Bruce H
Student's Degree Program(s): B.B.A. in Economics
Thesis Advisor: Josh Hendrickson
Thesis Advisor's Department: Economics
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Depositing User: Bruce H Brawner
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 16:33
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 16:33

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