Posted on: 11 March, 2019
Application deadline: March 18, 2019

YSI Urban Economics Meeting: Places in Times of Austerity, Washington DC, USA

Local government is so integral to daily life that it is often taken for granted — as are the fiscal systems that finance public services. However, in times of fiscal austerity, local governments’ capability to provide services and infrastructure is put in check. On one hand, this ability grows more important every day as urbanization takes place and local governments shoulder increasingly complex responsibilities. On the other hand, austerity discourses seek to hollow out the municipal and state governments. The more than 200 U.S. municipal bankruptcies since 1980 reveal just the tip of the iceberg, as local governments worldwide quietly struggle to make ends meet. These challenges are even harder for local governments when natural or economic disasters occur, when headline stories from Detroit to New Orleans, Flint, Mariana, Brumadinho and Haiti highlight the severe impacts of fiscal stress.

This workshop aims to debate the topic of austerity and its connection with urban policies. It is composed of a panel on the Municipal Fiscal Health Campaign by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the global think tank focused on land taxation and municipal health; a panel on the fiscal situation of the District of Columbia and its recent development policies; and a panel with scholars on the topic.

This initiative is generously supported by the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute of New Economic Thinking (YSI/INET), promoting the dissemination of plural academic debate. Since it is going to take place one day before AAG, for the selected young scholars YSI/Inet will generously cover partially accommodation costs. Young scholars must submit a letter of motivation with their CV to ***urban@youngscholarsinitiative.org*** to justify their presence in the workshop (it is NOT a call for papers).

DEADLINE: March 18, 2019.

Morning

  • Workshop Introduction: Renan Almeida (Urban and Regional Economics Group Coordinator – YSI/Inet; Professor at UFSJ, Brazil)
  • Municipal Fiscal Health Campaign (Anthony Flint, Senior Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy)

Afternoon

  • C’s fiscal situation and development projects (Daniel Muhammad, Senior Economist, DC’s Office of Revenue)
  • Panel: Critical Perspectives on Austerity, Urban Space and Real Estate
  • Renee Tapp (Harvard University)
  • Mark Kear (University of Arizona)
  • Mildred Warner (Cornell University)

Dinner

  • Networking dinner: the Urban and Regional Economics WG and the YSI

Location: Washington, DC, USA. Jefferson Room, on the mezzanine level, in the Marriott Hotel. Time: April 02, 2019. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.