This book summarizes the current thinking of urban and public finance economists on the interactions between tax policy and land use policy as pursued by local governments in the United States.
The views in this book were aired and debated at the Fall 1995 Annual Conference of Taxation, Resources and Economic Development (TRED), a group that has been managed and financed by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over 20 years.
The Lincoln Institute initially commissioned Helen Ladd to prepare a monograph on the interactions between local tax and land use policies. This monograph provided the structure for the TRED conference and this volume.
The conference was organized by Helen Ladd with the assistance of Dick Netzer and Ben Chinitz. They invited members of TRED and other academic experts in the field to contribute short papers to augment Helen Ladd's work and to critique and expand various sections of her monograph. In his capacity of Faculty Associate (and former research director) of the Institute, Ben Chinitz provides the link with the Lincoln Institute. Dick Netzer served as the primary editor of the commentaries that appear in this volume.
The editors are extremely grateful to the Lincoln Institutefor financial and logistical support throughout this project. In addition, Helen Ladd would like to thank Gretchen Eisenach of Duke University for research support during the final stages of the project.