Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Bad news for Missouri
According to the Post-Dispatch, the Missouri legislature has agreed "on a tax credit deal that would include subsidies for data centers, science startups and a Chinese cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport." Time and again these state programs have been shown to be counterproductive, or at best ineffectual, in increasing employment in states that use them. (I have a forthcoming paper that summarizes these findings.) Nonetheless, politicians still believe that they are better than markets at allocating resources. Perhaps their motives are not so pure. If there a policy that the Commerce Clause should be stretched to cover, this is the one.