The event, organized with the Research Institute for Fiscal Sciences at the Ministry of Finance, will bring together researchers and practitioners to examine the importance of sound public finance in the administration of rapidly growing cities. Joyce Man, director of the Lincoln Institute’s China program and director of the Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy will open the program along with Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Deborah Wetzel, country director for Brazil at the World Bank and Roy Bahl, founding dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, co-editors of Financing Metropolitan Governments in Developing Countries (along with Johannes Linn of the Brookings Institution), will survey the international experiences in municipal public finance. Christine Wong, professor and director of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Oxford University, Liu Zhi, Lead Infrastructure Specialist, the World Bank, and Tao Ran, professor at the School of Economics, Remnin University, will lead a discussion about paying for urbanization in China.
Roundtable discussions will consider what international experiences in local public finance may be applicable to China, the role of land-related taxes in financing urban development in China, and the decentralization of governance in metropolitan areas. Jia Kang, director of China’s Ministry of Finance, will conclude the event.
The Center for Urban Development and Land Policy is celebrating its fifth year. The center seeks to develop institutional capacity in China to address the many challenges of rapid growth, with the goal of strengthening expertise in land policy and planning for urban development, through research, fellowships, and training.