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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 28, 2016) – From the effectiveness of California’s film tax credit to the role of insurance in climate change resilience, recipients of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship will undertake a variety of research on the cutting edge of tax and land policy.
The fellowship, named in honor of the Columbia University economist (1912-2009) who served for decades on the Lincoln Institute’s board of directors, supports work on doctoral dissertations. The program provides a link between the Lincoln Institute's educational mission and its research objectives by supporting scholars early in their careers. The recipients and their topics are:
- Jamaal William Green of Portland State University will study the role of industrial land preservation in protecting and growing urban manufacturing employment.
- Thomas Warren Hilde of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture will explore how scenario planning can maximize the ability of green infrastructure to make cities more disaster resilient.
- Ben Hyman of the University of Pennsylvania will study California’s $800 million film tax credit program, comparing recipients of tax credits with filmmakers who applied unsuccessfully for the credit.
- Walter Melnik of Michigan State University will study how Ohio cities and school districts adjust their mix of income and property taxes in response to changes in local economic conditions.
- Corbin Miller of Cornell University will study the effects of property tax limits and property tax levy elections on school spending and student test scores.
- David Schoenholzer of the University of California, Berkeley will estimate the value of public goods like police, roads and sewers by studying how property values change when cities annex land.
- Alpen Sheth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will investigate the use of insurance to protect governments from the risks of climate change.
- Ruchi Singh of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will study the effect of the 1965 and 1992 riots on the property tax base in Los Angeles.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to help solve global economic, social, and environmental challenges to improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land.