Lincoln Institute in China
A visit to the Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy in Beijing next week will begin with a daylong symposium based on the book Financing Metropolitan Governments in Developing Countries, which has been translated into Chinese. The event, organized with the Research Institute for Fiscal Sciences at the Ministry of Finance, will bring together researchers and practitioners to examine the importance of sound public finance in the administration of rapidly growing cities. China program director Joyce Man Lincoln Institute president Gregory K. Ingram will open the program.
Catalysts for conservation
The business of land conservation is increasingly complex, whether in massive changes in plant and animal species patterns due to climate change, or more recent threats such as palm oil plantations. The Lincoln Institute recently brought together thought leaders and practitioners with students and faculty from a dozen colleges and universities, to help forge new partnerships in land conservation.
Taxes and land in Eastern Europe
Senior fellow Joan Youngman traveled to Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a delegation from the Lincoln Institute for a workshop on market value-based taxation of real property at the Center of Excellence in Finance, a leading training institution for public officials. The work was with participants from six Eastern Europe nations to compare international experiences and draw lessons for the successful implementation of value-based property taxes. The group analyzed property tax bases and valuation systems from the perspective of revenue capacity, fiscal policy, property rights, administrative efficiency, and land use incentives.
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