Category Archives: Development (and Law)

News Coverage: “Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them?”

News Coverage: “Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them?

New Article: “Toward Inclusive Economic Development”

New Article: “Toward Inclusive Economic Development

Call-for-Papers: “2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital & Inequality”

Call For Papers
2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital & Inequality

June 18-19, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Richmond invite paper submissions for the 2015 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality, which will be held June 18-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners interested in economic policy and development in low- and moderate-income communities.

OVERVIEW: As the nation continues its recovery from the Great Recession, it is important to understand how economic growth can more equitably benefit low- and moderate income individuals. With this in mind, and having selected a theme of economic growth and opportunity for the 2015 Policy Summit, we encourage the submission of high-quality research papers in the following areas: economic development, entrepreneurship, equitable development, recent trends in CRA lending (i.e., access to capital and credit for small businesses), workforce development, education reform, and related topics. In particular, we encourage the submission of research and work that is applicable to the Federal Reserve’s Third, Fourth, and Fifth Districts – comprising all of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey and Kentucky.

The Policy Summit is a now-biennial forum that attracts an audience of several hundred academics, bankers, elected officials, funders, policymakers, and practitioners from across the eastern United States. If your paper is selected, you will be asked to present at the Policy Summit, which will be held June 18-19, 2015, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Travel and accommodation expenses per Federal Reserve guidelines will be covered for presenters.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM, Friday, December 19, 2014. Please submit an extended abstract or a draft of your research paper by this date to We will notify submitting authors of accepted papers by January 31, 2015; full conference papers will be due June 4, 2015.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please direct any questions about the call for papers to Dionissi Aliprantis at, Lisa Nelson at, or Shannon McKay at

Paul Krugman, Inequality Is a Drag –

Inequality Is a Drag –

Conference Materials Posted: World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2014

The conference materials (including papers and presentations) associated with this year’s World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda have been uploaded and are available here.

Call for Papers: “Poverty and Politics in Middle Income Countries”

CROP and the Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape are hosting a conference on “Poverty and Politics in Middle Income Countries” in Cape Town, South Africa on November 22-24, 2012.  Abstracts are due Aug. 13, 2012.  The call for papers can be found here.

Book Review: “What Makes Countries Rich or Poor?”

Photo Copyright Ezra Rosser 2011

Book Review: Jared Diamond, What Makes Countries Rich or Poor?, N.Y. Review of Books, June 7, 2012.

New Article: “African Poverty”

New Article: Duncan Kennedy, African Poverty, 87 Wash. L. Rev. 205 (2012).  Abstract below:

African extreme poverty is probably a function (although not solely) of the balkanized post-colonial geopolitics of Africa. It is also probably a function (although not solely) of the income distribution generated by a typically perverse African political economy, through its effect on the allocation of resources to development. As between these two causes, the second is probably much the more important. This reinterpretation puts considerably more of the blame for African poverty on the Western great powers than does the “poverty trap” analytic that is a common contemporary way of thinking about the African economic situation.

Self-Promoting Post: Two New Articles by Blog Editor…

Please excuse this self-promoting post but I have two new articles posted to SSRN (one already published, the other accepted for publication) that relate to poverty law.

(1) Ezra Rosser, Poverty Offsetting, 6 Harvard Law & Policy Review 179 (2012). Abstract below:

The market now offers consumers an expanding array of options to offset the harms of their consumption. Travel websites and politicians alike sell the advantages of carbon offsetting. But offsetting options need not be limited to correcting for environmental harm; consumption is also associated with worker exploitation and people struggling with poverty. Individuals can and do respond to such poverty-related harms by altering their consumption decisions and by making voluntary supplemental payments following consumption. This Essay explores the possibility of poverty offsetting. Building upon carbon offsetting’s basic insight—that people should correct for the negative externalities of their consumption—poverty-offsetting institutions would enable individuals to correct for the poverty-related harms associated with their consumption.

(2) Ezra Rosser, The Ambition and Transformative Potential of Progressive Property, 101 California Law Review __ (forthcoming 2013).  Abstract below:

The emerging progressive property school of thought champions and finds its meaning in the social nature of property. Rejecting the idea that exclusion lies at the core of property law, progressive property scholars call for a reconsideration of the relationships owners and non-owners have with property and with each other. Despite these ambitions, so far progressive property scholarship has largely confined itself to questions of exclusion and access. This paper argues that such an emphasis glosses over the race-related acquisition and distribution problems that plague American history and property law. The modest structural changes supported by progressive property scholars fail to account for this racial history and, by so doing, present a limited vision of the changes to property law that progressive scholars should support. Though sympathetic with the progressive property political and scholarly orientation and the policy arguments made regarding exclusion and access, I argue that the first priority of any transformative project of progressive property must be revisiting acquisition and distribution.

Finally, let me add a couple comments about these articles.  The first article is a follow-up to my Offsetting and the Consumption of Social Responsibility, 89 Washington University Law Review 27 (2011) article and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the staff of the Harvard Law and Policy Review for their belief in the topic and their work on the article.  THANK YOU!  The second article will not be published until 2013 so if you have comments on the paper, please email them to me.  =)

New Article: “Remittances and the Charitable Deduction: A New Approach to Encouraging Development in Mexico”

New Article: Martin Chavez, Remittances and the Charitable Deduction: A New Approach to Encouraging Development in Mexico, 14 N.Y.U. J. Leg. & Pol’y 565 (2011).

Given my own writing on immigrant remittances, this is a topic I may care about more than most readers, but the suggestion in this note — afford charitable contribution status to collective remittances but not personal remittances — seems right to me.  Of course, this could already be accomplished through the right sort of charitable organization.