Do Local Economic Development Programs Work ? Evidence from the Federal Empowerment Zone Program ∗

@inproceedings{Busso2007DoLE,
  title={Do Local Economic Development Programs Work ? Evidence from the Federal Empowerment Zone Program ∗},
  author={Mat{\'i}as Busso},
  year={2007}
}
This paper evaluates the impact of Round I of the federal urban Empowerment Zone (EZ) program on neighborhood level labor and housing market outcomes over the period 1994-2000. Using four decades of Census data in conjunction with information on the proposed boundaries of rejected EZs, we find that neighborhoods receiving EZ designation experienced substantial improvements in labor market conditions and moderate increases in rents relative to rejected and future zones. These effects were… CONTINUE READING
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