Local Economic Development Policies

Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-91

61 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2003

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Timothy Bartik

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Date Written: January 2003


This chapter seeks to provide useful advice for local government policy towards economic development programs. The chapter: Reviews the size and scope of local economic development programs in the United States; critically analyzes the various rationales offered for these programs; makes recommendations for what local policy should do about business attraction and incentives, business retention, new business development, high technology development, brownfield development, distressed neighborhoods, and downtowns; and discusses how local economic development programs should be organized, managed, and evaluated.

Keywords: local, economic, development, policies, Bartik

JEL Classification: R580, R380, R110, R230

Suggested Citation

Bartik, Timothy, Local Economic Development Policies (January 2003). Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 03-91, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=400820 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.400820

Timothy Bartik (Contact Author)

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research ( email )

300 South Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4686
United States

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