The Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, established by the Lincoln Institute and Peking University, will mark its opening at a special event in Beijing on April 21. The center, directed by Joyce Man, also director of the Lincoln Institute's Program on the People's Republic of China, is on the campus of Peking University, routinely described by observers as the Harvard of China.
Among those invited to speak are Arnold C. Harberger, professor of economics at the University of California Los Angeles, addressing international fiscal policy reform; and Gang Yi, vice president of the People's Bank of China. Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute, and Kathryn J. Lincoln, chair of the board of the institute, will deliver remarks, as will Roy C. Bahl, professor at Georgia State University and a Lincoln Institute board member, Guoqiang Long, vice director and senior fellow at the development Research Center of State Council, and many others.
Though the event will be a formal celebration of the Lincoln Institute's presence in Beijing, the center has already hosted events and begun to explore new areas of research. Maxine Griffith, executive vice president for government and community affairs at Columbia University and a past Lincoln Institute board member, gave a talk earlier this year at the center, on the role of universities in urban environments.