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Property Rights and Land Policies

Edited by Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong

May 2009, English

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute’s third annual land policy conference explored the connections between property rights and land policies in developed and developing country contexts. The chapter authors discuss a range of land policy topics including regulatory takings, the use of eminent domain and expropriation in land assembly, the emergence of private property rights in transition economies, marketable emission permits, natural resource management, and the impacts of tenure choice on land and housing development.

About the Editors

Gregory K. Ingram was the CEO and president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy from 2005 to 2014.

Yu-Hung Hong was a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Table of Contents


1. Examining Land Policies from a Property Rights Perspective, Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong

The Design and Evolution of Property Rights Institutions

2. Design Principles of Robust Property Rights Institutions: What Have We Learned? Elinor Ostrom

3. U.S. Private Property Rights in International Perspective, Harvey M. Jacobs

4. China’s Land System: Past, Present, and Future, Dwight H. Perkins

Commentary: Scott Rozelle

5. Property Rights and Real Estate Privatization in Russia: A Work in Progress, Bertrand Renaud, Joseph K. Eckert, and R. Jerome Anderson

Commentary: Robert M. Buckley

6. Developing Land Markets Within the Constraint of State Ownership in Vietnam, Stephen B. Butler

Commentary: Annette M. Kim

Public Compensations for Takings

7. The Use of Eminent Domain in São Paulo, Bogotá, and Mexico City, Antonio Azuela

Commentary: Vicki Been

8. The Myth and Reality of Eminent Domain for Economic Development Practice, Jerold S. Kayden

Commentary: John D. Echeverria

9. Property Rights Protection and Spatial Planning in European Countries, Vincent Renard

Commentary: Barrie Needham

10. Should Decreases in Property Value Caused by Regulations Be Compensated? Abraham Bell

Commentary: Perry Shapiro

Property Rights Approaches to Achieving Land Policy Goals

11. Land Registration, Economic Development, and Poverty Reduction, Klaus Deininger and Gershon Feder

Commentary: Alain Durand-Lasserve

12. Looking Beyond Land Titling and Credit Accessibility for the Urban Poor, Edesio Fernandes

Commentary: Ernesto Schargrodsky

13. Property Rights Created Under a Federalist Approach to Tradable Emissions Policy, Dallas Burtraw and Rich Sweeney

Commentary: Wallace E. Oates

14. Private Conservation Easements: Balancing Private Initiative and the Public Interest, Gerald Korngold

Commentary: Nancy A. McLaughlin

15. The Role of Private-Sector Developers in Challenges to Local Land Use Regulations, Keri-Nicole Dillman and Lynn M. Fisher

Commentary: Alexander von Hoffman

16. The Mediocrity of Government Subsidies to Mixed-Income Housing Projects, Robert C. Ellickson

Commentary: Ingrid Gould Ellen


Appraisal, Brownfields, Common Property, Community Development, Conservation, Conservation Easements, Development, Dispute Resolution, Easements, Economic Development, Economics, Eminent Domain, Environmental Management, Ethics, Farm Land, Globalization, Growth Controls, Growth Management, Housing, Informal Land Markets, Infrastructure, Land Law, Land Market Monitoring, Land Market Regulation, Land Monitoring, Land Use, Land Use Ethics, Land Use Planning, Land Value, Legal Issues, Local Government, Natural Resources, Open Space, Planning, Poverty, Public Policy, Regulatory Regimes, Reuse of Urban Land, Security of Tenure, Smart Growth, Spatial Order, Sustainable Development, Tenure, Transportation, Urban, Urban Development, Urban Revitalization, Urbanism, Value Capture