Jacob Bundrick, M.S.

Email: jbundrick@uca.edu

Jacob Bundrick, a native of northwest Arkansas, is a policy analyst with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. His research spans public finance, financial economics, and economic development. Bundrick’s research has been published in the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, International Advances in Economic Research, and The Review of Regional Studies. His articles have been featured in Bloomberg BNA, the Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Business, and Talk Business and Politics. He has also been a guest speaker on the Paul Harrell Program, the Dave Elswick Show, and the Doc Washburn Show. Bundrick earned a BBA in Economics from the University of Central Arkansas, where he received a scholarship to play football for the UCA Bears, and a MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

Targeted Incentives

Academic Journal Publications:

Do Business Subsidies Lead to Increased Economic Activity? Evidence from Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund by ACRE Scholar Dr. Thomas Snyder and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick.

The study investigates the relationship between providing cash subsidies to select businesses, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, employment and establishments in Arkansas’s counties. The author’s find no evidence to suggest that Quick Action Closing Fund subsidies lead to increased employment and business establishments in Arkansas’s counties. The working paper was published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and has been accepted for publication in The Review of Regional Studies. You can read a one-page infographic of Bundrick’s research here.

Policy Reviews:

Government Accountability: 5 Fixes for Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fundby ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick

The Quick Action Closing Fund (QACF) is a targeted economic development incentive program the state of Arkansas uses to try to increase economic activity. This program allows the state government to give cash grants to attract or retain businesses. It’s largely up to the Governor of Arkansas to approve these cash grants. Arkansas lawmakers can take steps to improve the transparency and accountability of the program. Government Accountability: 5 Fixes for Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund, a policy review written by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, looks at five different policy proposals that could accomplish these goals.

Tax Breaks & Subsides: Challenging the Arkansas Status Quo by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick

Have you ever wondered whether tax breaks and subsidies have side effects? Are you curious about alternative ways to grow Arkansas’s economy? This policy review give an in-depth look at these programs, their economic impact, and some common misconceptions people have about them.

Policy Briefs:

Economic Development or Risky Business: A Citizen’s Guide to Issue 3, 2016 by ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick

This brief guide gives readers the pros and cons of the controversial ballot measure Issue 3: An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion and Economic Development. This ballot issue would remove the current cap on Amendment 82 bonds the state may issue for economic development projects and allow local governments to appropriate money for economic development. Proponents of Issue 3 argue that by removing the limit on the amount of debt the state can issue for economic development, Arkansas may be able to attract economic-development projects it would not otherwise be able to secure. However, issuing debt and using tax dollars for economic development comes at a cost. Arkansas and its cities would take on significant risk by issuing public debt to attract select companies under the change from Issue 3.

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Blog Posts:

Why Financial Incentives for Businesses Put Taxpayers at Risk by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, posted on The ACRE Review September 13, 2016.

How Governments Use Financial Incentives to Try to Steer the Economy by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, posted on The ACRE Review September 6, 2016.

How Tax Breaks and Subsidies Cost You and the Government Money by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, posted on The ACRE Review August 30, 2016.

Why Financial Incentives Do Not Increase Economic Activity by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, posted on The ACRE Review August 23, 2016.

Tax Incentives and Subsides: Two Staples of Economic Development by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, posted on The ACRE Review August 19, 2016.

Taxes and Spending

Academic Journal Publications:

State Taxes and Manufacturing Productivity: A Case Study of Arkansas by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick

From 2002 through 2012, compared with its surrounding states Arkansas saw less growth in the real dollar value of manufacturing, a greater decline in manufacturing’s share of gross domestic product, and a faster rate of job loss in manufacturing. One reason for these outcomes is manufacturing’s slow growth in labor productivity, which is defined as growth in the dollar value of output per manufacturing employee, adjusted for inflation. This study examines the relationship between state and local taxes and labor productivity in manufacturing. It is found that total state and local tax burdens reduce output per manufacturing employee, primarily through sales and corporate income taxes. Legislators across all states should consider the distortionary effects of taxes when making tax-policy decisions because those decisions will influence not only manufacturing productivity, but also the rate of economic growth.

ACRE Working Papers:

There’s Nothing Natural about the State of Government Spending in Arkansas by ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick.

Despite being one of the poorest states in the nation, Arkansas has a high state government spending level, even in comparison to similar states. Arkansas has higher state spending per capita than its bordering states and other regional “competitor states,” specifically Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. When federal transfers are subtracted from state government spending, Arkansas still has far higher spending than its competitor states. In “There’s Nothing Natural about the State of Government Spending in Arkansas,” Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl and Mr. Jacob Bundrick undertake a comprehensive analysis of how Arkansas got to where it is today as well as the reforms necessary to put Arkansas on a more sustainable path. Arkansas’s spending trends are very similar to those of other states, but the magnitude of Arkansas’s spending and the institutional environment that has shaped it are unique. Given Arkansas’s history of state spending growth, it would be wise to consider some limits to future increases in spending. You can read a one-page infographic of their work here.

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Blog:

Taxes Take their Toll on Arkansas Manufacturing by ACRE Policy Analyst Jacob Bundrick, posted on The ACRE Review July 10, 2015.

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