Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Pacey Foster

Second Advisor

Atreya Chakraborty


Compares in detail two impact analysis reports done on Massachusetts film production incentives (FPIs) for the year 2011 to understand the different evaluation variables used by evaluators (key government agencies, industry stakeholders, and third parties) to analyze the impact of the FPIs on the state economy, job creation, etc. To understand the discrepancy in reports, this paper examines the origin and proliferation of FPIs in the light of two most important types of policy convergences namely convergence through emulation and convergence through penetration. This study, then compares nine impact analysis reports starting from 2002 to 2013 to list down variables used in the analysis. This study concludes with the author's adjustments to the impact analysis reports by HR&A and Department of Revenue on Massachusetts FPIs using common variables.


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