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The more you know, the more you can hold your local politicians and businesses accountable. That’s what will force them to support economic development policies and make deals that are good politics, good business and good for the entire community.

if you’re interested in what independent, third-party researchers say about these programs, visit our research and resources page.

Over time, we’ll link here to insightful and interesting resources to help you understand the issues in play.

Incentives to Pander

University of Texas at Austin Professor Nathan Jensen and Duke University Professor Edmund Malewsky have produced a video for their excellent book Incentives to Pander: How Politicians Use Corporate Welfare for Political Gain that does a great job explaining why politicians engage in these programs.

(Both Jensen and Malewsky have provided insight and advice to the CEA.)