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06/14/2011

International economist Johannes F. Linn joins Lincoln Institute board

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       CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 14, 2011) – Johannes F. Linn, a resident senior scholar at the Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C. and an economist with three decades of experience at the World Bank, has joined the Board of Directors at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
       “We are honored to have someone with such extraordinary expertise and global perspective join the board,” said Kathryn J. Lincoln, chair of the board and chief investment officer of the Lincoln Institute.
       Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute, noted that Linn’s expertise in international aspects of urban development and local public finance will enhance ongoing programs.
       Linn served as director of the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution from 2005-2010, and remains in association with Brookings as a non-resident senior fellow in scholarship and practice. Prior to joining Brookings in 2003, Linn worked for three decades at the World Bank in various capacities. After eight years of research on urban development issues, he was country economist and economic advisor in the Bank’s East Asia Region. In 1987-88, staff director of the 1988 World Development Report on public finance in development, and then served in various managerial functions in the World Bank’s research department. In 1991, he became the Bank’s Vice President for Financial Policy and Resource Mobilization.  From 1996 to 2003, he was the Bank’s Vice President for Europe and Central Asia.
        Linn has published extensively on development and global governance issues, including a book jointly authored with Roy W. Bahl, Urban Public Finance in Developing Countries  (Oxford University Press, 1992), and another jointly edited with Colin Bradford, Global Governance Reform: Breaking the Stalemate (Brookings Press 2007). His current research interests and recent publications are in the areas of aid effectiveness, with a special focus on scaling up successful development interventions, global governance reform, and on regional cooperation with a special focus on Central Asia. He currently serves as the External Chair for the ninth replenishment of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations agency addressing poverty in rural areas.
       He holds a Bachelors degree from Oxford University (1968) and a doctorate in economics from Cornell University (1972).
       The other members of the Lincoln Institute board include former Interior secretary and Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt; Roy Bahl, Regents Professor of Economics at Georgia. State University; Thomas M. Becker, president of The Chautauqua Institution; Henry A. Coleman, professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; Alberto Harth, president of Civitas in San Salvador, El Salvador; Gregory K. Ingram, president, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Bruce Lincoln of Phoenix, Arizona; David C. Lincoln, president of VIKA Corp. and chairman of the Lincoln Laser Company; John G. Lincoln III, senior engineer at CH2M-Hill in Boise, Idaho; Thomas Nechyba, professor of economics and public policy studies, Duke University; Kenneth T.W. Pang, adjunct professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Andrea Taylor, director of community affairs, North America, Microsoft Corporation; Douglas P. Wheeler, partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C.; and Carol Whiteside, president emeritus of the Great Valley Center in Modesto, California.
        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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