2006 Land Policy Conference proceedings in new book

Viernes, Mayo 25, 2007

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Flint 617-661-3016 x116

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The proceedings of the 2006 Land Policy Conference have been compiled in a new book published by the Lincoln Institute, Land Policies and Their Outcomes, edited by Lincoln Institute President Gregory K. Ingram and Lincoln fellow Yu-Hung Hong.

The volume includes essays by Edward L. Glaeser from Harvard University, Karl E. “Chip” Case from Wellesley College, Peter Hall from University College London, John M. Quigley from the University of California at Berkeley, and many others, on topics including land use regulation and housing prices, land value and property tax, and urban revitalization.

The conference, “Land Policies for Urban Development,” held in Cambridge, Mass. in June 2006, was designed to review the current research on the impacts of land policy on housing prices and affordability, real estate investment decisions, local public finance, and urban development patterns. While scholarly work on these issues is normally published in academic journals or presented at conferences whose audiences represent a particular discipline, the Lincoln Institute conference sought to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue on land policy issues among urban economists, public finance experts, urban and regional planners, and policy makers. Another goal of the conference was to draw on the global experience with these issues from both industrialized and developing countries.

The essays compiled in Land Policies and Their Outcomes (ISBN 978-1-55844-172-9, 464 pages, http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/PubDetail.aspx?pubid=1230), reflect a group of scholars and practitioners with varied backgrounds and from different continents, discussing the roles that the market, the government, and the community should have in shaping the livelihood of urban residents and metropolitan landscapes. The volume includes:

Restricting Residential Construction, by Edward L. Glaeser; Regulation and Property Values in the United States: The High Cost of Monopoly, by John M. Quigley; The Efficiency and Equity of Tiebout in the United States: Taxes, Services, and Property Values, by Thomas J. Nechyba; The Economics of Conservation Easements, by Andrew J. Plantinga; The Value of Land in the United States: 1975–2005, by Karl E. Case; Urban Land Rents in the United States, by David Barker; Land Value Taxation as a Method of Financing Municipal Expenditures in U.S. Cities, by Richard W. England; Taxing Land and Property in Emerging Economies: Raising Revenue . . . and More?, by Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack; Asia’s Urban Century: Emerging Trends, by Rakesh Mohan; The U.K.’s Experience in Revitalizing Inner Cities, by Peter Hall; U.S. Urban Revitalization in the Twenty-First Century, by Eugénie L. Birch; Community Land Trusts and Housing Affordability, by Steven C. Bourassa; Multiple Home Ownership and the Income Elasticity of Housing Demand, by Eric Belsky, Zhu Xiao Di, and Dan McCue; and Brazil’s Urban Land and Housing Markets: How Well Are They Working?, by David E. Dowall.

This year’s Land Policy Conference, “Land Policies and Fiscal Decentralization,” is scheduled for June 3–5, 2007 in Cambridge, Mass. and will cover the effects of decentralization, on government responsiveness to local demand for public goods, local service financing, income distribution, local governance structures, inter-jurisdictional competition, and environmental protection. The agenda is at http://www.lincolninst.edu/docs/419/670_Agenda May 17.pdf and the press release is at http://www.lincolninst.edu/news/pressroom.asp. A book will also be based on the proceedings of this conference, to be published in 2008.

The Lincoln Institute, founded in 1974, does research and convenes scholars and practitioners on land planning and development issues both in the United States and abroad.

About the Editors

Gregory K. Ingram is president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute and co-chair of the Department of International Studies. He was formerly director-general, Operations Evaluation at the World Bank, where he was responsible for evaluating operations, policies, and programs.

Yu-Hung Hong, fellow at the Lincoln Institute and visiting assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is engaged in research and teaching on utilizing land as a public revenue source, with a focus on institutional development of property taxation, public leasehold systems, and land readjustment.

For review copies please contact Anthony Flint at anthony.flint@lincolninst.edu.

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