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How Risk Undermines TIF's Self-Financing Premise

November 20, 2020

TIF’s self-financing rhetoric can be used to shift risk onto taxpayers.

This research, "How Risk Undermines TIF's Self-Financing Premise: A Case Study of Hudson Yards," expands the evaluation of TIF by questioning the widespread understanding of TIF as a self-financing tool through analysis of its risks and costs to taxpayers. The authors find that disclosing and assigning project risk is necessary before the project’s public approval to provide a robust cost-benefit analysis to municipalities considering TIF implementation and to ensure taxpayers are fully informed.

Authors: Bridget Fisher and Flávia Leite

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