Land Policy Research Program

About

The LPI Land Policy Research Program was created to generate timely, relevant and transformational research by bridging the gap between science and practice in land and place-based policy strategies that lead to prosperity. The LPI research team works with faculty at MSU and other higher education institutions to develop research approaches that address land policy challenges in the real world, in real time. This team has worked with a number of stakeholder groups outside of the university to ensure that the results of applied research projects are informative and actionable for practitioners, nonprofit organizations and local, regional and state policy makers. While current projects fall under one of the LPI’s three focus areas (Placemaking & Regional Prosperity; Land-Based Resources; and Land & Planning), past projects have ranged in topic from viable agriculture to urban revitalization to the New Economy.

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Resources Not Posted on the LPI Website

  • Land Resource Management: Economic Foundations and New Directions book - December 2013.
  • Incentivizing Michigan’s Economic Growth: The Role of Policy in Venture Capital Investment report - Sept. 3, 2013.
  • Rural Water Quality Protection: A Planning & Zoning Guidebook for Local Officials - December 2012.
  • Drivers of Economic Performance in Michigan: Natural Features, Green Infrastructure and Social/Cultural Amenities summary and full reports - Feb. 3, 2012.
  • School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest in School Facilities Matter book - January 2012.
  • "The Implications of School Location Change for Healthy Communities in a Slow Growth State” book chapter in School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest In School Facilities Matter - January 2012.
  • “Population Effects on School District Structure and School Size in Michigan” book chapter in School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest In School Facilities Matter - January 2012.
  • School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest In School Facilities Matter book - December 2011.
  • “Why the Economics of ‘Place’ Matters” book chapter in The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities around People - Summer 2011.
  • “How Important are Domestic and International Populations to Michigan’s Economic Recovery?: A Survey of Michigan Residents” State of the State Bulletin Series - May 2, 2011.
  • "Venture Capital Opportunities in Michigan for State of Michigan Legislators" policy brief - May 2011.
  • Behind the Numbers: Understanding Michigan's Population Loss report - Apr. 8, 2011.
  • "How Important are Tourism and the Tourism Industry to Michigan’s Economic Recovery?: A Survey of Michigan Residents" State of the State Bulletin Series - Feb. 24, 2011.
  • "Endogenizing the Planning Horizon in Urban Fringe Agriculture" journal article - January 2011.
  • Filling the Gaps: Environmental Protection Options for Local Governments book - December 2010.
  • "Evidence of Land Hoarding Behavior in US Agriculture" journal article - November 2010.
  • "How Important are the Agricultural History and Farmland to Michigan’s Economic Recovery?” A Survey of Michigan Residents” State of the State Bulletin Series - Aug. 13, 2010.
  • "Transaction Costs and Inter-Jurisdictional Cooperation: An Application to Land Use Collaboration" journal article - May 26, 2010.
  • “How Important are Parks and Trails to Michigan’s Economic Recovery?: A Survey of Michigan Residents” State of the State Bulletin Series - May 20, 2010.
  • “How Important is the Development of Renewable Energy to Michigan’s Economic Recovery?: A Survey of Michigan Residents” State of the State Bulletin Series - Apr. 23, 2010.
  • Michigan's Critical Assets: An Atlas for Regional Partnerships and Placemaking for Prosperity - Mar. 24, 2010.
  • “How Important is the Automobile Industry to Michigan’s Economic Recovery?: A Survey of Michigan Residents” State of the State Bulletin Series - Feb. 26, 2010.
  • Understanding High Performing Places: Analysis of the Growth of Gazelle Counties in the U.S., 1990-2000 report - January 2010.
  • Economic Impacts of County Population Changes in Michigan summary and full reports - Dec. 1, 2009.
  • Greater Lansing Next: A Plan for Regional Prosperity report - Nov. 10, 2009.
  • West Michigan Agriculture: The Status and Conditions report - Nov. 2, 2009.
  • "Vision 2020: Greater Lansing Regional Strategic Growth Plan" - October 2009.
  • "The Political Economy of Downzoning" journal article - October 2009.
  • "Equity and Politics in Road Spending allocation in Michigan: How Michigan Continues to Fuel Sprawl" book chapter in Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies - October 2009.
  • Feasibility Study on Creating a Bio-Technology in the Tri-County Region report - September 2009.
  • Shared Vision, Gap & Barriers Analysis, & Alternative Economic Development Strategies for the Lansing Metropolitan Region report - August 2009.
  • Regional Cluster Analysis Report of the Lansing Metropolitan Region report - August 2009.
  • The Geography of Economic Pain, Green and New Economy Opportunities: The Nation, Michigan and Detroit - August 2009.
  • "The Impact of Down-Zoning on Land Values: A Theoretical Approach" journal article - July 2009.
  • Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies book - June 2009.
  • Old vs. New Economy: How States Grow: The Roles of New Economy Drivers in the U.S. report - May 5, 2009.
  • Regional Asset Assessment Report of the Lansing Metropolitan Region report - May 2009.
  • The Young and Retiree Cohort Population Dynamics – Implications to New Economy Growth report - Feb. 5, 2009.
  • Potential Application of Renewable Energy on Brownfield Sites: A Case Study of Michigan report - Jan. 27, 2009.
  • The Economic Impacts of County Population Changes in Ohio report - Dec. 23, 2008.
  • Michigan Public School Location Atlas - December 2008.
  • Michigan Demographic Atlas - December 2008.
  • Michigan's Offshore Wind Potential report - Oct. 1, 2008.
  • “Understanding Population Dynamics in the U.S. – 1990 – 2006” bulletin - Jul. 24, 2008.
  • United Growth Replication Manual - July 2008.
  • Bringing Manufacturing Into Focus: Job Loss in the Tri-County Region of Mid-Michigan (Lansing Region) report - April 2008.
  • Comprehensive Study on Economic Valuation, Economic Impact Assessment, and State Conservation Funding of Green Infrastructure Assets in Michigan report - Mar. 7, 2008.
  • Smart Growth in the States: Survey of Recent Developments report - Feb. 12, 2008.
  • "Municipal Land Use and the Financial Viability of Schools" journal article - January 2008.
  • Economic Valuation of Natural Resource Amenities: A Hedonic Analysis of Hillsdale and Oakland County report - Dec. 3, 2007.
  • Quantitative Landscape Fragmentation Characteristics of Michigan 2001 report - December 2007.
  • Public Act 198 Industrial Facilities Tax Abatements: Current Practices and Policy Recommendations report - December 2007.
  • Economic Impact of Michigan’s State Parks: A Case Study of Ogemaw County report - December 2007.
  • State Conservation Spending in the United States: A Political Economy Analysis report - Nov. 13, 2007.
  • Intergovernmental Cooperation in Michigan: A Policy Conference Final Report - October 2007.
  • The Economic Impact of Farmland Loss: Implications of Low Density Urbanization and Sprawl report - October 2007.
  • "Current Practices and Policy Recommendations Concerning Public Act 198 Industrial Facilities Tax Abatements" policy brief - October 2007.
  • "Driving Factors in Fragmentation and Parcelization: A Michigan Case Study" paper - October 2007.
  • "Consequences of Corporate Timberland Ownership Change in Michigan's Upper Peninsula" paper - October 2007.
  • "Fiscal Impacts of Alternative Single-Family Housing Densities" journal article - September 2007.
  • The U.P. Economy and the Role of Forest Products Industries report - August 2007.
  • Priming the Pump: Assessing the Investment Impact of Michigan’s Site Assessment Fund report - April 2007.
  • Public Preferences on the Integration of Natural Resource Information in Land Use Planning and Zoning: A Survey of Local and Regional Planning Officials report - March 2007.
  • Preserving Farmland and Achieving Agricultural Viability in the State of Michigan report - January 2007.
  • Kalamazoo Agricultural Land Use report - January 2007.
  • Equity Insurance and Equity Mortgage: Evaluating Two Potential Cost-Saving Farmland Preservation Tools for Michigan report - January 2007.
  • Enabling Innovation in Michigan Agriculture report - January 2007.
  • Tools for Intergovernmental Cooperation Series: Financing and Cost Allocation Handbook - 2007.
  • Commerce Centers in Michigan: Data and Analysis to Support Policy Decisions report - August 2006.
  • Alternative Funding Sources for Farmland Preservation in Michigan report - June 2006.
  • The Fiscal Impacts of Alternative Single Family Housing Densities: Infrastructure Costs report - May 2006.
  • Acreage and Funding Goals for Farmland Preservation in Michigan: Targeting Resiliency, Diversity and Flexibility report - March 2006.

Faculty & Staff

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