Economic Impact Analysis

TXP’s past economic and fiscal impact studies for public and private sector clients have covered a wide range of topics, including expanding and relocating businesses, educational facilities, tourism activity, arts and music festivals, transportation projects, and mixed-use developments. For each client, TXP builds a customized econometric model that simulates a regional economy. In addition to standard economic impact results (e.g., employment and direct and indirect economic activity), TXP's models capture an individual project's effect on the local tax base including sales, city and county ad valorem, and hotel/motel taxes.

State and local governments have adopted the practice of providing incentives to expanding and relocating businesses. A wide variety of policy instruments are used to create these incentives, ranging from taxes on very specific items to tax abatements and public subsidization of infrastructure. TXP's economists have extensive experience partnering with local leaders in evaluating the impacts of a project and successfully negotiating an appropriate incentive agreement.

Sample Projects

Estimated Economic and Tax Revenue Impact of an Expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority

Travel and tourism is important in the Philadelphia region, and an active convention center brings diverse and substantial benefits, both in terms of its overall economic impact and its role in enhancing the image of the region. TXP was retained by the PCCA to measure the anticipated economic and tax revenue impacts of increased delegate, exhibiting company, and event organizer spending associated with the proposed expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


Economic Impact of Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. TXP was retained in 2013, 2015, and 2017 by Vanderbilt University to quantify its role in making Tennessee an attractive location for both employers and their workforce. To this end, TXP assessed the total annual economic and tax revenue impact of the institution and its programs. Building upon existing studies and datasets, the analysis highlights the importance of Vanderbilt...


Economic Impact of a New Medical Complex in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas Board of Regents

Plans are in the works to create a new institution of higher learning in South Texas by combining the University of Texas-Pan American, The University of Texas at Brownsville, and the assets of the South Texas Regional Academic Health Center into one newly created emerging research institution – The University of South Texas (UST). TXP measured the total economic impact, taking into account the external economic environment and unique interrelationships inherent in the local economy. The combination of activity at the school’s operations and...


Economic Impact of Austin's Entertainment Digital Media Industry

City of Austin, Texas

The growth of entertainment software and digital media into a vibrant industry that creates thousands of jobs, improves the performance of other industries and spurs technological advancement has been established, and Austin is on the global map when it comes to this important sector. TXP was hired to help determine what is required for the local entertainment software/digital media industry to thrive. A survey was conducted to help determine the "footprint" of the industry as well as to solicit identification and prioritization of the key factors influencing...