Reassessing the State and Local Government Toolkit
"Reassessing the State and Local Government Toolkit" will be held at the Law School on June 18–20, 2009. This conference is being organized by Richard Epstein, Lee Fennell, and Julie Roin and is jointly sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics and the University of Chicago Law Review.
The conference will focus on the legal, political and economic implications of various techniques that are (or that might be) used by states and localities to achieve economic and social ends. Participants will address questions arising in contexts ranging from economic development to education to land use to housing policy. Conference papers will be published in a symposium issue of the University of Chicago Law Review.
Friday, June 19
8:00–8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30–8:45 Welcome/ Introduction
8:45–9:35 Neither "Creatures of the State" nor "Accidents of Geography": The Consolidation of American Public School Districts in the Twentieth Century
William A. Fischel
9:35–10:25 Affordable Private Education and the Middle Class City
10:40–11:30 The Past and Future of Local Industrial Policy
Richard C. Schragger
11:30–12:20 Henry George’s Revenge: The Steep Costs of Using Non-Cumulative Zoning to Preserve Land for Urban Manufacturing
2:00–2:50 Entrenching Environmentalism: Private Conservation Easements Over Public Land
2:50–3:40 Community Benefit Agreements: A New Local Government Tool or Another Variation on the Exactions Theme?
3:55–4:45 The Timing of Elections
Christopher R. Berry and Jacob E. Gersen
4:45–5:35 Controlling Residential Stakes
Lee Anne Fennell and Julie Roin
Saturday, June 20
8:30–8:45 Continental Breakfast
8:45–9:35 Who Should Authorize a Commuter Tax?
9:35–10:25 How to Undermine Tax Increment Financing: The Lessons of ProLogis v. City of Chicago
Richard A. Epstein
10:40–11:30 Overcoming Local Tragic Choices by Voting
11:30–12:20 The Most Popular Tool: Tax Increment Financing and Local Government
12:20 Box Lunch