Welcome to the website of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where you will find a comprehensive overview of the Lincoln Institute's ongoing activities, organized in six major navigation categories: Key Issues, Publications, Research & Data, Courses & Events, News, and About.
The Lincoln Institute addresses important contemporary issues in land policy through its research projects and its programs for public officials, private-sector participants, and others who are actively involved in making decisions about the taxation, regulation, and use of land in their communities. Many central themes – the taxation of land, land market operations, land regulation, property rights, and the distribution of benefits from land development – build upon the ideas of Henry George, whose concerns about the links between social equity and economic progress and land policy in the nineteenth century are still relevant today.
Our work is organized around six major goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions, efficient and equitable tax systems, reduced poverty and spatial inequality, fiscally healthy communities and regions, sustainably managed land and water resources, and functional land markets and reduced informality. We offer educational programs, support research, undertake demonstration projects, and participate in other activities that provide important insights for policy makers in the United States and around the world. Our international activities range from Asia to Eastern Europe to Africa.
Our objective is to provide practical assistance to those formulating land policies or affected by them, while at the same time documenting, testing, and evaluating new ideas and innovative approaches to land policy issues. We seek to make a unique contribution in this arena by combining scholarly and professional perspectives through research, teaching, evaluation, and demonstration work; bringing together people with relevant experiences and points of view; and expanding knowledge and data, and making it accessible and comprehensible. We take a leadership role in convening those who develop and implement land policies and in disseminating valuable information to those who need it.
All of us engaged with the work of the Lincoln Institute – board members, staff, fellows, lecturers, researchers, and the policy makers, scholars, and citizens who participate in our programs – strive to improve the understanding of contemporary issues in land policy and to contribute positively to the ongoing debate and the sharing of knowledge to benefit all sectors of society.
We thank you for your interest in our work and encourage your involvement in the Lincoln Institute's programs.
Kathryn J. Lincoln
Chair and Chief Investment Officer
George W. “Mac” McCarthy
President and CEO