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May 7-8, 2012

Innovative Data Sources for Regional Economic Analysis

GWIPP is hosting this event to raise the awareness of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers about the wide array of innovative data sources and tools useful for regional economic development analysis and policy. To a large extent, these data sources are made possible by recent technological and methodological advances that greatly increase capacities to collect and analyze large volumes of data, widely disseminate these data and analyses, and display the results in informative, engaging ways.
The conference will be organized as a “data fair,” with simultaneous presentations from over 30 federal, commercial, and university data providers in a 3,900 SF space. Data user groups will be organized by self-identified areas of interest, such as entrepreneurship and workforce.
The conference webpage provides links to innovative data sources, identifies conference presenters, and indicates how to register.

December 7, 2011

Andrew Reamer presented The Government’s Role in Stimulating Clusters at a Workshop: Encouraging the Commercialization of Research Results and the Utilization of Cluster Mapping through EU-US Collaborations, held at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University.

December 1, 2011

GWIPP Hosts Association of Public Data Users Annual Conference 

On September 21 and 22, 2011, GWIPP hosted to the annual conference of the Association of Public Data Users (APDU), the trade association that supports a strong federal statistical system. In the Continental Ballroom at the Marvin Center, over 100 participants covered a 12-part agenda, with topics including:

·         The 2010 Census

·         The American Community Survey

·         New longitudinal data systems

·         Advanced data visualization tools

·         Improved data delivery

·         Economic statistics

A program highlight was the appearance of Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall as a keynote speaker. Federal agencies also making presentations included the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics. Numerous speakers from nonprofit and commercial organizations make presentations as well. To a large extent, conversations focused on the potential for maintaining legacy statistical products and implementing product innovations in light of ongoing budget constraints.

The APDU annual conference offers a unique opportunity for data users, federal data providers, and data intermediaries to share information and develop relationships. GWIPP will be hosting next year’s APDU conference on September 12-13, 2012, again at the Marvin Center.

November 29, 2011

Andrew Reamer presented Employment and Workforce Data Systems at the Federal Level: New Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities for Community Colleges at the Real Time LMI Innovators Network sponsored by Jobs for the Future, under grants from the Joyce and Lumina foundations.

October 17, 2011

Research Assistant Geoffrey Propheter's article, "Sales Tax Revenue Rebates: Running Amok in Illionois," can be found in Tax Notes.

October 10, 2011

Research Professor Clarence Stone attended the APSA Conference in Seattle, WA. He presented a paper with Robert Whelan of the University of Texas at Dallas, titled "Toward Understanding the Changing Politics of U.S. Cities: A Political Development Approach."

In partnership with the Policy Studies Institute in London and Vienna-based consulting firm Metis, Professor Wiseman has received a contract from the European Commission for evaluation planning for the European Social Fund. The ESF is the European Union’s main financial instrument for supporting employment in the Member States as well as for promoting economic and social integration.

Theresa Anderson, who worked as Prof. Michael Wiseman’s research assistant in 2010–11, began as a full-time Social Science Analyst with the USDA Economic Research Service in July 2011. In this position, she is using survey and administrative data to research usage and administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). She will finish up her MPP at GW at the end of this academic year.

July 1, 2011

Research Professor Andrew Reamer was interviewed by the Associated Press on the 2010 Census. The article, "Dozens of US Cities Line Up To Contest 2010 Census," can be found here on NPR's website.

June 2 and 3, 2011

The Fiscal Future of the Local Public Sector Conference was held in the City View Room. Paper presenters included Tracy Gordon of the Brookings Institution, Darrene Hackler of George Mason University, Elizabeth Kellar of the Center for State & Local Government Excellence, Daphne Kenyon and Adam Langley of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Joshua Hurwitz of Boston College, Michael Pagano of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Kim Rueben of the Urban Institute.

April 8, 2011

Congratulations to our 2011-2012 Policy Research Scholars!

Antwan Jones, Sociology
Childhood Residential Stability and Health: The Role of Neighborhood Resources

Rebecca Katz, Health Policy
Redesigning Effective Quarantine Regulations in the United States

Rehman S. Scheherazade, International Business Department
Policy Co-operation and Institutional Co-ordination for Transatlantic (U.S. - EU) Financial Crisis Policy Management

Elizabeth Rigby, TSPPPA
Public Participation, Agency Rulemaking, and the Implementation of Health Care Reform

Joost Santos, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Collaborative Disaster Policymaking Across Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CI/KR) Sectors

John Sides, Political Science
Identity Regimes in Multiethnic Democracies

Travis Wright, Educational Leadership
Growing Hope: Promoting the Resilience of Maltreated Children in Schools

Steven A. Tuch, Sociology
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Residential Preferences in ‘Post-Racial’ America: A Study of Whites, African Americans, and Hispanic

April 3, 2011

Research Professor Clarence Stone is coordinating a research project titled, "Regenerating Urban Neighborhoods (RUN): A Transatlantic Study of Policy Interventions."

March 31, 2011

Hal Wolman and Travis St. Clair presented a paper, co-authored with Howard Wial, at the Urban Affairs Association conference this month in New Orleans. The paper title is "Economic Shocks and Regional Economic Resilience"  and is part of the Building Resilient Regions project.

Research Professor Andrew Reamer wrote an Op-Ed piece for the Science Progress website, titled "Building Out and Filling in President Obama's Strategy for American Innovation."
Professor Reamer gave a presentation at the Census Bureau's LED conference on March 9th as well as Congressional testimony on March 11th.

March 1, 2011

Luncheon and Coffee Seminar, "Better Data, Better Decisions: How the Census Bureau's American Community Survey Benefits Business and Government," 2 seminars held on March 7, 2011 on Capitol Hill. For registration information, please see flyer.

February 9, 2011

Research Professor Clarence Stone gave a lecture titled: Power, you can’t measure it but you know when you don’t have it.  Co-Sponsored by the Metropolitan Institute and the School of Public and international Affairs (SPIA).

January 26, 2011

Research Professor Royce Hanson received two awards this past November: the Kai Medal of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; and the Benjamin Banneker Award of the National Capital Chapter of the American Planning Association.

January 21, 2011

Michael Wiseman's paper "Supplemental Security Income for the Second Decade" was accepted for publication in the first issue of the 2011 volume of the journal Poverty and Public Policy.

November 30th, 2010

GWIPP and its partner on the Implementing Regionalism project, RW Ventures, held an all-day conference at the City View Room on the GW campus November 12th to discuss the papers that the project has drafted.  The project, funded by the Surdna Foundation (as was the conference) is designed to review the theoretical and empirical literature on key aspects of the regional economic development process and draw out the implications of what is known from this literature for economic development practice.  The draft papers the project has produced that were discussed at the meeting included ones on regional systems, regional economic clusters, deployment of human capital, innovation, spatial efficiency, and governance.  The purpose of the meeting was to review the papers and receive comments on the implications for practitioners from a diverse group of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners.  Attendees included members of   the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Brookings Institution, the Upjohn Institute, the International Economic Development Council, the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Council on Competitiveness, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Cleveland State University, and the University of Buffalo.

November 29th, 2010

September 26-30, Michael Wiseman and Theresa Anderson (a GWIPP research assistant and TSPPPA MPP student) attended the 50th Annual Workshop of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) in Los Angeles.  Both Wiseman and Anderson served on the NAWRS program committee.  Anderson presented a paper entitled The Interaction of the Unemployment Insurance Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the Context of the Great Recession.  She is currently an intern at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Anderson’s NAWRS paper was prepared under ERS auspices as background for seven-state project to study interaction between unemployment insurance and SNAP benefit use in the current recession.

November 4-6, Michael Wiseman and Theresa Anderson attended the Thirty-second Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) in Boston.  Wiseman is coauthor of two papers presented at the conference:  The SSDI Benefit Offset Experiment: Landing the Pilots (sponsored by the Social Security Administration) and Merging Survey and Administrative Data: What Do We Learn? (sponsored by the Economic Research Service at USDA).  Michael also acted as a discussant on a session entitled “Signals, Incentives, and Program Rules: Drivers of Disability Insurance Program Growth.”

November 10-14, Michael Wiseman and Theresa Anderson traveled to Oslo, Norway to meet with European partners on an edited volume that intends to explore changes in social assistance in European countries and the U.S. over the past decade.  The project is sponsored by the University of Oslo, and the book will be published by the Oxford University Press.  Wiseman, Anderson, and Katharine Kairys (also a TSPPPA MPP student) are contributing a chapter entitled Activation and Reform in the United States: What Time Has Told. 

November 30th, 2009

New Report and Working Paper Assess the Impact and Adoption of State Solar Financial Incentive Programs

Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski and GWIPP Associate Director Garry Young completed their project for the GW Solar Institute this month.  See more here.

October 15th, 2009

GWIPP Report Fall 2009

The new issue of the GWIPP Report is available for download here.

October 8th, 2009

Portland and the American Political Science Association (APSA)

Hal Wolman, GWIPP Director, presented preliminary results for our study on regional economic resilience at a meeting of the MacArthur Foundation’s Building Resilient Regions group in Portland, ME this past August. See more here.

Urbanization and Ecosystems

Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski participated in a week-long workshop on Urbanization and Ecosystems sponsored by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Nature Conservancy. See more here.

Launch of Website: Significant Features of the Property Tax

On June 8, 2009, GWIPP and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy held an event to celebrate the official release of the Significant Features of the Property Tax website. See the website here.

GWIPP Report Spring 2009
June 11, 2009
The new issue of The GWIPP Report is available for download here.

New Report Outlines State Financial Incentives for Solar Energy
May 14, 2009
Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski authored a report entitled “State Experimentation with Financial Incentives for Solar Energy.”  The report catalogues various incentive approaches states use to support solar technology.  Access to the report and more information on GWIPP’s solar project is available here.

Director Wolman Quoted in Wall Street Journal
May 12th, 2009
For more on this, click here.
For the full WSJ article, click here.

2009-2010 Policy Research Scholars Announced
April 9th, 2009
Congratulations! For the full list of scholars, as well as details on how to enter the next competition, click here.

GWIPP Hosts Roundtable on the Property Tax and Local Autonomy
April 8th, 2009
As part of its ongoing project on Significant Features of the Property Tax, GWIPP and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy hosted a roundtable on The Property Tax and Local Autonomy on February 13th-14th, 2009. Following up on the 2007 conference that covered trends in the erosion of the property tax, this conference addressed why the erosion matters. For more on this, click here.

New Report Outlines Future for Federal Energy R&D
February 20th, 2009
Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski co-authored a report published today by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. The report proposes a scaling up of federal dollars for energy R&D as well as a new paradigm for conducting critical energy research that builds on expertise found throughout academia, federal labs, industry, and nonprofits. More information on this report is available here.


GWIPP in Print
December 10th, 2008

Announcing the publication of Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects Vol. I, edited by Margery Turner, Howard Wial, and Hal Wolman and published by the Brookings Institution Press.  The book is the first in a series stemming from an annual conference on Urban and Regional Policy, hosted by GWIPP, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute. Read more about the book here

 

 

Power in the CityClarence Stone, GWIPP Research Professor, is the author of the book, Power in the City and the Politics of Inequality, edited by Marion Orr and Valerie C Johnson with foreword by Dianne Pinderhughes. The book collects ten classic articles and essays by Stone to create a succinct reader in urban politics. It encompasses theoretical work on urban political power; examinations of political leadership in community politics; considerations of race, class, and political power in Atlanta; and writings on the politics of social reform and urban regeneration. These pieces provide a model for integrating empiricism with theory, offer Stone’s own reflections on his theory, and demonstrate the evolution of his thought. The book may be purchased through University Press of Kansas or Amazon.

http://mesharpe.com/images/65617682.jpgPat Atkins, GWIPP Research Professor, edited (along with David K Hamilton) Urban and Regional Policies for Metropolitan Livability. The book provides a concise, up-to-date, and systematic treatment of the problems and issues involved in urban and regional policy concerns. Each policy chapter is written by a respected expert in the area, and the book covers all the key policy issues that confront contemporary metropolitan areas, including transportation, the environment, affordable housing, crime, employment, poverty, education, and regional governance. Each chapter outlines an issue, which is followed by current thinking on problem diagnosis and problem solving, as well as the prognosis for future policy success. The book is available for purchase at M.E. Sharp.


Launch of Website: Significant Features of the Property Tax
October 8th, 2009

On June 8, 2009, GWIPP and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy held an event to celebrate the official release of the Significant Features of the Property Tax website, a product of multi-year collaboration. Dr. Robert Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, addressed the attendees. He lauded the effort for bringing back a valuable resource that many have missed since 1996, when the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations was disbanded.

The website provides a rich compendium of information for policymakers, practitioners, elected officials, researchers, and journalists on the property tax in the fifty states and the District of Columbia. It is available at http://lincolninst.edu/subcenters/significant-features-property-tax/. The project has also contributed to property tax research through commissioned papers by GWIPP researchers and other top scholars.

Over the next year, the research team at GWIPP will be updating the Significant Features database to include data from 2008 and 2009 as well as adding information on effective tax rates, classified property tax systems, ratio studies, and centrally-assessed properties.

New Report Outlines State Financial Incentives for Solar Energy
May 14, 2009

Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski authored a report entitled “State Experimentation with Financial Incentives for Solar Energy.”  The report catalogues various incentive approaches states use to support solar technology.  Access to the report and more information on GWIPP’s solar project is available here.

Director Wolman Quoted in Wall Street Journal
May 12th, 2009

The Wall Street Journal asked GWIPP Director Hal Wolman his thoughts on the distribution and use of federal stimulus money in cities and states. For the full article, click here.

GWIPP Hosts Roundtable on the Property Tax and Local Autonomy
April 8th, 2009

As part of its ongoing project on Significant Features of the Property Tax, GWIPP and the Lincoln
Institute of Land Policy
recently hosted a roundtable on The Property Tax and Local Autonomy.
Following up on the 2007 conference that covered trends in the erosion of the property tax, this
conference addressed why the erosion matters. How and why does access to a strong and vibrant
local property tax matter to local governance?

Held February 13-14, 2009 at GWU, the roundtable featured papers and commentaries from some of the nation’s foremost scholars. An edited volume from the conference will be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2010.

Papers and participants at conference included:

Local Government: An Economic Perspective
Author: Wallace E. Oates, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park
Discussant: William A. Fischel, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College

Centralizing the Financing of Education at the State Level
Authors: Kim Rueben and Carol Rosenberg, Urban Institute
Discussant: Daphne Kenyon, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Median Voter Model and School-Finance Reform: How Tax-Base Sharing Undermines the Efficiency of the Property Tax

Author: William A. Fischel, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College
Discussant: Richard Green, Lusk Center for Real Estate, University of Southern California

Local Government, Local Autonomy and Accountability
Authors: Hal Wolman, Robert McManmon, Michael E. Bell, David Brunori, George Washington Institute
of Public Policy
Discussant: Carol Weissert, Department of Political Science, Florida State University

Are State and Local Finances Becoming More or Less Decentralized and Should We Care?
Authors: Katrina Connolly, David Brunori, and Michael E. Bell, George Washington Institute of Public
Policy, Discussant; Timothy Conlan, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

An Overview of the Implications of Eliminating the Property Tax: What Do Recent State Debates and Prior State Experience Tell Us?
Authors: Ronald C. Fisher, Andrew Bristle and Anupama Prasads, Department of Economics, Michigan
State University, Discussant; David Sjoquist, Department of Economics, Georgia State University

What Will the Future Property Tax Look Like and What Will Take Its Place?
Author; Richard Dye, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Discussant; David Brunori, George Washington Institute of Public Policy

States and Fiscal Policy Space
Authors; Michael A. Pagano, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at
Chicago and Christopher W. Hoene, National League of Cities, Discussant; Andrew Reschovsky,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Closing Discussion: Overview and Policy Responses
Discussant; Robert D. Ebel, District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Discussant; Bob Ward, Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York at Albany


GWIPP in Print
February 26th, 2009

GWIPP Graduate Research Assistant Pam Blumenthal, GWIPP Director Hal Wolman, and Ned Hill of Cleveland State University are co-authors of "Understanding the Economic Performance of Metropolitan Areas in the United States," an article published in the March 2009 issue of Urban Studies. You can access the article here.


New Report Outlines Future for Federal Energy R&D
February 20th, 2009

Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski co-authored a report published today by the Brookings Instituttion's Metropolitan Policy Program. The report proposes a scaling up of federal dollars for energy R&D as well as a new paradigm for conducting critical energy research that builds on expertise found throughout academia, federal labs, industry, and nonprofits. More information on this report is available here.


GWIPP's Iowa Tax Project in Print
January 12th, 2009

Recently, David Brunori, Michael Bell, and Katrina Connolly traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to present their findings to the Iowa Legislative Subcommittee on Tax Policy. It seems they made quite an impression, because their results were reported in Iowa press. David Brunori was quoted in an article by Pat Curtis of RadioIowa, and their project findings are summarized here.

The Iowa Tax Project includes research on four areas of local public finance. The project's goals are to:
1) Locate and review methods used by states to value agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial properties for purposes of property taxation

2) Identify efforts by states to alleviate property tax burdens through intergovernmental aid and user fees.

3) Identify major categories of local government expenditure and the composition of local government revenue sources

4) Identify state statutes that use property taxes to provide incentives for smart growth and in fill development.

For more information on the Iowa Tax project, visit this link


Farewell to Richard Green
November 24th, 2008

GWIPP bids a fond farewell to Richard Green.  Aside from his appointment in the Business school, Richard served as the Director of the Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS).  We wish him the best in his new positions as Professor of Policy, Planning, and Development and Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.

Update: April 2nd, 2009

Dr. Garry Young has replace Richard Green as the Director of CWAS.

GWU President Steven Knapp to Meet With GWIPP Policy Research Scholars in January 2008
10/18/07 -President Knapp has accepted an invitation to meet with current and past Policy Research Scholars at a reception in January 2008.  President Knapp has expressed keen interest in research, and this reception will provide a good opportunity for him to become acquainted with the research being pursued through GWIPP.  The event will celebrate seven years of a successful and effective program aimed at helping members of the academic community to design and pursue sponsored research. 

Collection of Property Tax Data Expected To Be Ready in Early 2008
10/18/07 -As part of a major collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Research Associate Nancy Y. Augustine has been working with a web site development firm to design and implement a user-friendly interface for access to an extensive collection of material on the property tax in the U.S. The data set will be available through an interactive Web site, scheduled for launch in early 2008. Preformatted tables and state profiles will provide easy access to the key features of tax relief programs, structural arrangements, tax rates and limitations, and annual statistics. Users will be able to sort and screen data to focus on a subset of results. A feedback mechanism will allow users to comment on changes. Once the site is fully implemented, updates are expected to be available quarterly. An extract of the data set will also be converted to SAS format to allow researchers to perform statistical analysis. All categorical data will be included in the SAS data set. For more information about the project and the data collection, contact Dr. Augustine at nya@gwu.edu or visit http://www.gwu.edu/~gwipp/lincoln/.

Inaugural Property Tax Policy Roundtable Set for October 5-6, 2007
10/1/07 - The first annual roundtable on property tax policy will be held on the George Washington University campus on October 5-6, 2007. Invited scholars will present and discuss papers on important policy issues related to the property tax. Attendance at the roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable is a key component of a multi-year collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to provide data and research on the property tax in the U.S. The project is intended in part to fill a gap left when the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) was disbanded in the mid 1990s and ceased publishing its annual volume, Significant Features of Fiscal Federalism. More information about the project is posted at http://www.gwu.edu/~gwipp/lincoln/.

Research Professor Julia Friedman Joins the Adjunct Faculty of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
9/24/07 - Research Professor Julia Friedman is serving as co-instructor for the capstone course, which is required for all students enrolled in the last semester of the Master of Public Policy or Master of Public Administration program. She will be working with teams of student researchers on two projects, this semester. One project will examine the long-term effect of homeownership on families who received assistance from Manna, a local nonprofit developer of affordable housing for homeownership. The other project will assess a proposal being considered by the DC City Council to require employers to expand sick leave provisions for their employees. Prof. Friedman joins GWIPP Research Associate Nancy Y. Augustine to instruct this class.

GWIPP Welcomes Rick Lempert as Newest Member of Its Research Faculty
9/24/07 - Noted legal scholar Richard O. Lempert has joined the research faculty of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. His most recent affiliations are with the University of Michigan Law School and the National Science Foundation.

Forthcoming Article Examines Prospects of Children
9/24/07 - Hal Wolman and Nancy Augustine are among the co-authors of the forthcoming article, 'The Influence of Neighborhood Poverty During Childhood on Fertility, Education, and Earnings Outcomes', Housing Studies, 22:5 [September 2007], 723 - 751. The other authors of the paper are George Galster (Wayne State University), and Dave E. Marcotte and Marv Mandell (University of Maryland at Baltimore County).

GWIPP Affiliate Dylan Conger Receives Grants to Study Issues Related to Immigrant Youth
9/24/07 - Dylan Conger was selected for the Changing Faces of America's Children Young Scholars Program by the Foundation for Child Development. With support from the Foundation, Professor Conger will study how long it takes students to become English proficient and how the time to proficiency varies according to students' background characteristics, the grade at which they enter school, and the type of English instruction they receive. With colleagues Patrice Iatarola of Florida State University and Mark Long of the University of Washington, she also received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to study the links between high school course-taking and secondary and post-secondary outcomes. Dr. Conger published "Immigrant and Native-born Differences in School Stability and Special Education: Evidence from New York City" in International Migration Review and "Which Schools Have the Most Segregated Classrooms? A Look Inside New York City Schools," in an edited volume entitled Child Poverty in American Today: The Promise of Education. She also gave three presentations this year, including "Racial Differences in High School Course-Taking in Florida" at New York University and "Racial Isolation in School: What Are School District Administrators and Social Scientists Overlooking?" at the American Education Finance Association (AEFA) and American Educational Research Association (AERA) conferences. Dr. Conger also served as a discussant on one panel at AEFA and two panels at AERA and served as a panelist at the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration/Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management workshop on doctoral education in public affairs. She is currently the program committee chair for the section on Legal, Judicial, and Intergovernmental Issues for the annual conference of AERA.

GWIPP Studies State Tax Incentives
9/24/07 - GWIPP researchers David Brunori, Joe Cordes, and Lori Metcalf are collecting and analyzing data on state tax incentives for the Pew Center on the States. In recent years, consensus has emerged in the academic and state policy communities that tax incentives are only useful for economic development if they are used in certain ways. For example, they should be consistent with the state's broad economic development goals, transparent, subject to cost-benefit analysis, clear and verifiable. Moreover, as the economy moves forward, it has become abundantly clear that tax incentives aimed exclusively at a single corporate taxpayer in a way designed to attract or retain that taxpayer tend to be counterproductive. GWIPP researchers will prepare an inventory of the key variables in state tax systems that pertain to the use of incentives. Results of this study will be incorporated into a larger study undertaken by the Pew Center on the States to examine ways in which state taxes and incentives lead - or do not lead - to vibrant state economies.

GWIPP Collaborates with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to Study the Property Tax
9/24/07 - At its meeting in May, 2007, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy approved a year-long collaboration with the George Washington Institute of Public Policy to continue study of the property tax in the U.S. During the first year of the project, a data collection team compiled and classified a wide range of material that characterizes property tax structures and processes in all fifty states. The data set will be available for download and researchers will be able to perform simple queries through an interactive web site. Summary tables will present key results. A State Property Tax Policy Roundtable will be scheduled for Fall 2007 in Washington, DC. Papers written by GWIPP research faculty will be supplemented by several commissioned papers, focusing on the topic "Erosion of the Local Property Tax Base: Trends and Consequences."

Proceedings of Spring Conference to Be Published in early 2008 (March, 2007)
9/24/07 - A Conference on Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects was held on March 29-30, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The conference was co-sponsored by GW's Institute of Public Policy and School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute. Papers presented at the conference are being prepared for publication by the Brooking Institution Press, to be available in early 2008. GWIPP Director Hal Wolman is co-editor of the volume, along with Margery A. Turner of the Urban Institute and Howard Wial of the Brookings Institution.

GWIPP Collaborates with Lincoln Institute
9/14/07 - At its meeting in May, 2007, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy approved a year-long collaboration with the George Washington Institute of Public Policy to continue study of the property tax in the U.S. During the first year of the project, a data collection team compiled and classified a wide range of material that characterizes property tax structures and processes in all fifty states. The data set will be available for download and researchers will be able to perform simple queries through an interactive web site. Summary tables will present key results.  A State Property Tax Policy Roundtable will be scheduled for Fall 2007 in Washington, DC. Papers written by GWIPP research faculty will be supplemented by several commissioned papers, focusing on the topic “Erosion of the Local Property Tax Base: Trends and Consequences.”

Green Assumes CWAS Lead
Green assumed the role of Director of the Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) after an interim appointment of Dr. Garry Young to the position in January. In addition to CWAS Director, Dr. Green is Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Chair of Real Estate and Finance as well as Professor of Economics at the George Washington University .  He is also currently President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.  His work has appeared in The American Economic Review , Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Econmics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Urban Studies,  and other venues.   His book with Stephen Malpezzi, a Primer on US Housing Markets and Housing Policy, is used at universities throughout the country.  He was won awards for graduate level teaching in real estate

Friedman Joins GWIPP Facutly
4/12/07 - Dr. Julia Friedman joined GWIPP in January 2007, following her retirement after 14 years as Chief Economist for the government of the District of Columbia.   During the last 7 years she also served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer under the Independent CFO form of government that is unique to the District.  In these positions she managed the revenue forecasting and budget scoring of all policy proposals and these analyses are binding on legislation.  In joining DC, she left a 12 year career at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where she was a tenured member of the Economics Department and served 2 terms as chair.  While on leave, she held the position of Visiting Associate Professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.  She received a PhD in Economics at the University or Oregon in 1972, preceded by a Masters degree.  Her BA in mathematics is from the University of Oregon.  From 1972-1994 she was a founding partner of Economic Consultants, Northwest, consulting on economic impact, land use, labor force, housing, small business, and other regional economic issues.

Changes in GWIPP/CWAS Command
1/18/07 - Prof. Garry Young has been appointed to serve as Acting Director of GWIPP. The 8-month appointment covers the period during which GWIPP Director Hal Wolman is on sabbatical. Prof. Wolman plans to spend the spring semester in New Zealand, followed by a summer in London. He is scheduled to return in time to resume teaching and research in the fall semester, 2007. Dr. Young is also serving as Acting Director of the Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS). This interim appointment was necessitated by the departure of former GWIPP Research Professor and CWAS Director, Royce Hanson. Dr. Hanson is now the Chair of the Montgomery County (MD) Planning Board. By the end of the current academic year, Prof. Richard K. Green will assume this position. Richard K. Green is Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Chair of Real Estate and Finance as well as Professor of Economics at the George Washington University . He is also currently President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. His work has appeared in The American Economic Review, Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Econmics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Urban Studies, and other venues. His book with Stephen Malpezzi, A Primer on US Housing Markets and Housing Policy, is used at universities throughout the country. He has won awards for graduate level teaching in real estate.

Brookings-GWIPP-TSPPPA-Urban Institute Conference on Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, March 2007:
11/9/06 - The Brookings Institution, GWIPP, TSPPPA, and the Urban Institute are holding a joint conference on Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects in Washington, DC on March 29-30, 2007. Papers will be commissioned for the conference and the resulting revised papers will be published as a book by the Brookings Institution Press. It is hoped that the conference will be the first in a series of annual or biennial conferences and publications similar in spirit to the Brookings-Wharton conference and Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs. The Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects conference will focus more directly on policy and be aimed at a wider audience than the Brookings-Wharton series. The goal of the papers and the conference volume is to inform scholars, policymakers, and practitioners about the state of knowledge related to the effectiveness of select policy approaches, reforms or experiments on key social and economic problems facing cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas. Each conference and book volume will commission papers analyzing responses to six key policy challenges or goals that most local communities face: (1) growing a competitive economy through industry-based strategies, (2) building human capital, (3) creating quality neighborhoods for families, (4) growing the middle-class, (5) managing the spatial pattern of metropolitan growth and development, and (6) governing effectively

2007-08 Policy Research Scholar Call
10-31-06 - GWIPP announces a new round of its Policy Research Scholar competition. The competition is open to all GW full-time regular-active status faculty including research faculty. Click here for details.

NEW GWIPP Research Professor
10/09/06 - GWIPP welcomes its newest Research faculty member, Melissa Keeley. Melissa's research focuses on urban environmental policy and planning, particularly water resource management. Her interests include watershed management, land use planning, and the environmental services provided by urban vegetation, and her work contributes a comparative, transatlantic dimension to these topics.

GWIPP Loses Two Research Professors
08/01/06 - The staff at GWIPP wish a fond farewell to two of our Research Professors, Bob Ebel and Royce Hanson. While the University and GWIPP are losing two terrific scholars, the Washington-area are gaining two fine public-servants. Bob is leaving to become the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Revenue Analysis. Royce (who was also the Director of the Center for Washington Area Studies) recently begun his tenure as Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board.

GWIPP Announces External Advisory Committee ***See website for further updates.
07/01/06 - GWIPP announced the creation of an External Advisory Committee. The committee will help connect the research capabilities of GWIPP with policy issues for which careful policy research and evaluation could effectively inform the policy process. The External Advisory Committee will also provide advice on to whom and how GWIPP can disseminate the results of its research. Members of the External Advisory Committee are:

Stone Gets Nod from Rock
5-1-06 - GWIPP Research Professor Clarence Stone recently received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to fund a conference to be held in Bellagio, Italy in November 2006. The conference will kick off a major research project on comparative local governments. More specifically, conference participants will help design a cross-national study of efforts to transform poor urban neighborhoods

GWIPP Scholar Gets Notice
07/10/05 - GWIPP Policy Research Scholar, Stephen Smith, is receiving a lot of attention these days for his recent book. The GW economics professor recently published Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works (Palgrave MacMillan). The book was reviewed in the Washington Post. Purchase the book.