ATPI Annual Fall Conference

presented by

American Tax Policy Institute and the Murphy Institute, Tulane University

November 17, 2017

Tax Incentives for State, Local, and International Economic Development



Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Conference Room 11-146

1440 New York Avenue, N.W.

(enter at 1440 New York Avenue N.W. entrance)

Washington, D.C. 20005


US states and localities spend $45 billion annually on tax incentives and other programs intended to spur economic development. Countries around the world similarly offer tax holidays, investment credits, and other preferential tax treatments in a bid to promote investment and create jobs. Do these policies work? At what cost? Are there better and worse ways to spur local economic growth and productivity gains? What might international practitioners learn from their state and local counterparts and vice versa? This one-day conference co-sponsored by the American Tax Policy Institute and the Murphy Institute at Tulane University will explore these questions from a variety of perspectives in international and state and local taxation as well as regional and economic growth. Researchers in law, economics, and accounting will join practitioners at all government levels to identify best practices and how to encourage policies that benefit all taxpayers.




8:30 a.m.

Light breakfast provided

8:55 a.m.


9:00 a.m. –
10:30 a.m.

State and Local Tax Incentives in the United States: Overview and Assessment


Steven Sheffrin, Tulane University


Lessons From a Panel Database on Incentives and Taxes
Timothy Bartik
, W.E. Upjohn Institute

Are Film Tax Incentives Good Policy?
Patrick Button
, Tulane University

Competing Communities, Nontax Incentives, and Million Dollar Facilities
Carlianne Patrick
, Georgia State University

10:30 a.m. –
10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. –
12:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: International Tax Incentives and Tax Competition


Kimberly Clausing, Reed College


Patrick Driessen, Consultant

Alexander Klemm, International Monetary Fund

12:15 p.m. –
1:15 p.m.

Lunch provided

1:15 p.m. –
2:45 p.m.

A View from the States: Roundtable on Developing and Deploying Evidence-Based Tax Incentive Policy


Jeff Chapman, The Pew Charitable Trust


Lori Metcalf, District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Ellen Miller, Virginia Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission

Robert Rehrmann, Maryland Department of Legislative Services

2:45 p.m. –
3:00 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:00 p.m. –
4:30 p.m.

A View from the World: Roundtable on Developing and Deploying Evidence-Based Tax Incentive Policy


Manal Corwin, KPMG LLP


Lilian Faulhaber, Georgetown Law

Itai Grinberg, Georgetown Law

David Noren, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

4:30 p.m.

Wrap Up


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