Publication: Providing Incentives for Investment : Advice for policymakers in developing countries
Are tax incentives effective at attracting investment? Or are they a waste of resources? The answer depends on the policies used and the sectors where investment is sought. This note consolidates the policy implications of the latest research by the World Bank Group's investment climate advisory services on the efficacy of investment incentives. The research finds that such incentives are ineffective where investment climates are weak, and they cannot compensate for such deficiencies. Moreover, even where incentives are effective in attracting investment, they have significant costs. When incentives are clearly ineffective, political considerations often drive their continued use. This note identifies best practices for incentive policy and administration and provides a framework for analyzing the likely effectiveness of investment incentives under different conditions and in different types of countries.
“James, Sebastian. 2010. Providing Incentives for Investment : Advice for policymakers in developing countries. Investment Climate in Practice; No. 7. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/058fe55b-9397-5c96-b9a2-9f39833667a7 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”