Amihai Glazer, an economics professor with the University of California-Irvine, said it's incumbent on cities and states to determine whether an incentive package provides a net benefit to their regions. He conceded that those calculations can prove difficult in areas as diverse as a major city. He cited housing as a prime example. … Earlier this year, UC-Irvine received around $250,000 from the Charles Koch Foundation to launch the Program in Corporate Welfare, which researches topics related to corporate tax breaks and other incentives.

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