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05/12/2011

Promoting junior scholars in public finance

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Contact: Anthony Flint 617-503-2116

            CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 12, 2011) -- The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy held its  second annual its Junior Scholars program this month, bringing together recent Ph.D. recipients in public finance and urban economics with senior economists and journal editors in those fields.
             The assistant professors supported by the Lincoln Institute, designated Lincoln Scholars, gathered May 5-7 for a program that included a discussion with editors on publishing in public finance and urban economics journals, presentations by Lincoln Scholars on research interests, and a workshop in which senior scholars commented on draft papers or proposals written by the Lincoln Scholars.
              The Lincoln Scholars then attended a research seminar on urban economics and public finance, with presentations by experts in these fields on topics ranging from the effect of impact fees on land prices to the geographic incidence of housing subsidies contained in the federal tax code.
       The program is organized by Daphne Kenyon and Dan McMillen, visiting fellows in the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, which is chaired by senior fellow Joan Youngman.
        “This program allows the Lincoln Institute to work with new academics whose efforts will help improve tax policy,” Youngman said. “Today’s Junior Scholars represent the future of public finance research.”
        The following participants are listed in the order of  the junior scholar, the paper topic, and the senior scholar:
     * Stephen Billings, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Ph.D. University of Colorado; A Nonparametric Test for Industrial Specialization; Dan McMillen, University of Illinois, editor, Regional Science & Urban Economics.
     * Denvil Duncan, Indiana University, Ph.D. Georgia State; An International Comparison of Tax Agency Efficiency; David Autor, MIT, ed, Journal of Economic Perspectives
     * Daniel Fetter, Wellesley College, Ph.D. Harvard; How Do Mortgage Subsidies Affect Homeownership? VA Home Loans and the Mid-20th Century Transformation in U.S. Housing Markets; James Alm, Tulane University, editor, Public Finance Review
     * Nirupama Rao, New York University, Ph.D. MIT; Do Tax Credits Stimulate R & D Spending? Mark Partridge, Ohio State, editor, Journal of Regional Science
     * Shawn Rohlin, University of Akron, Ph.D. Syracuse University; Do Spatially Targeted Redevelopment Programs Spillover? Amy Schwartz, NYU, past president, American Education Finance Association.
     * Justin Ross, Indiana University, Ph.D. West Virginia University; School District Income Taxes: New Revenue or a Property Tax Substitute? Jon Rork, Reed College, National Tax Association
     * Claudia Sharygin, NYU, Ph.D. University of California Berkeley; Housing Wealth and Household Economic Decisions: Consequences of the Housing Bust; Edward Coulson, Penn State, ed, Real Estate Economics
       The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy.

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