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Friday, April 06, 2007

Takings Conference at FSU

For all you Takings law and economics junkies, there's going to be a conference at Florida State's College of Law on April 20-21, 2007, in conjunction with FSU's Economics Department.  Blog-readers of the Volokh Conspiracy and Jurisdynamics will especially appreciate the presence of Ilya Somin, Jonathan Adler, and my colleague JB Ruhl.  The conference is titled, "Takings: The Uses and Abuses of Eminent Domain and Land Use Regulation" and it is being sponsored by FSU's DeVoe Moore Center and the Law School's Law, Economics and Business Program.

I've posted the schedule of papers after the jump. If you're interested in attending, please contact Prof. Bruce Benson at bbenson at garnet.acns.fsu.edu

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Note: The 50 minutes allocated to each paper in the following schedule will be broken down as follows: Paper presentation, 20 minutes; discussant, 15 minutes; general discussion, 15 minutes. 

The conference will take place in the Rotunda of the Law School.

Friday, April 20

8:00-8:50: Breakfast

Session 1

8:50-9:00: Opening remarks

      9:00-9:50: Mark Seidenfeld, Patricia A. Dore Professor of Administrative Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Florida State University College of Law, “A Limited Defense of Kelo: Suggestions for Preventing Abuse of Eminent Domain to Transfer Property from One Private Entity to Another”

Discussant: Richard Stroup, Senior Associate, Property and Environmental Research Center, and Professor and Chair (Retired), Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University; Visiting Professor of Economics, North Carolina State University

      9:50-10:40: Steven Eagle, Professor, George Mason University School of Law, “Landowner Participation in the Urban Redevelopment Process: A Partial Solution to Eminent Domain Abuse?”

Discussant: Perry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California – Santa Barbara.

10:40-11:00: Break

Session 2

      11:00-11:50: Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice, “The Inadequacy of the Planning Process for Protecting Property Owners from the Abuse of Eminent Domain for Private Development”

Discussant: Wallace Kaufman, M.Litt. Oxon., Professor (retired) and Practicing Appraiser.

      11:50-12:40: Daren Bakst, J.D., LL.M., Legal & Regulatory Policy Analyst, John Locke Foundation, “Making the Case for an Eminent Domain Amendment to the United States Constitution”

Discussant: Bruce Benson, Chair, Department of Economics, DeVoe Moore and Distinguished Research Professor, Courtesy Professor of Law, Florida State University

12:40-1:40: Lunch

Session 3

      1:40-2:30: Paul Niemann, PhD. Candidate in Economics, University of California – Santa Barbara, and Perry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California – Santa Barbara, “Compensation for Takings: Efficiency and Equity”

Discussant: Randall Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor, Department of Economics, Florida State University

      2:30-3:20: Wallace Kaufman, M.Litt. Oxon., Professor (retired) and Practicing Appraiser, “How Fair is Market Value: An Appraiser's Report of Temptations and Distortions in the Condemnation Process”

Discussant: Tom Means, Professor, Department of Economics, California State University, San Jose

3:20-3:40: Break

Session 4

3:40-4:30: Samuel Staley, Ph.D. Director, Urban and Land Use Policy, Reason Foundation, “The Proper Uses of Eminent Domain for Urban Redevelopment: Is Eminent Domain Necessary?”

Discussant: Christopher Coyne, Assistant Professor Department of Economics, Hampden-Sydney College

4:30-5:20: Ilya Somin, Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law, “The Limits of Backlash: Assessing the Political Response to Kelo

Discussant: Charles Barrilleaux, Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida State University

Saturday, April 21

8:00-9:00: Breakfast

Session 5

9:00-9:50: Bruce Benson, Chair, Department of Economics, DeVoe Moore and Distinguished Research Professor, Courtesy Professor of Law, Florida State University, and Matt Brown, PhD candidate in Economics, Florida State University, and Policy Research Director, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, “Eminent Domain for Private Use: Is it Justified by Market Failure or an Example of Government Failure?”

Discussant: Steven Eagle, Professor, George Mason University School of Law

9:50-10:40: Peter J. Boettke Professor, Department of Economics, George Mason University; Peter T. Leeson, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of West Virginia; and Christopher J. Coyne, Assistant Professor Department of Economics, Hampden-Sydney College, “Impact of Regulatory Takings on Entrepreneurial Discovery”

Discussant: Edward Stringham, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, California State University, San Jose

10:40-11:00 Break

Session 6

11:00-11:50: Matt Brown, PhD candidate in Economics, Florida State University, and Policy Research Director, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and  Richard Stroup, Senior Associate, Property and Environmental Research Center, and Professor and Chair (Retired), Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University; Visiting Professor of Economics, North Carolina State University, “Markets versus Takings: Deciding the Future of the Past”

Discussant: Sam Staley, Ph.D. Director, Urban and Land Use Policy, Reason Foundation

11:50-12:40: Jonathan Adler, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, “Money or Nothing: The Adverse Environmental Consequences of Uncompensated Regulatory Takings”

Discussant: J.B. Ruhl, Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property, College of Law, Florida State University

12:40-1:40: Lunch

Session 7

1:40-2:30: Tom Means, Professor, and Edward Stringham, Assistant Professor, both in the Department of Economics, California State University, San Jose, “Testing the Impact of Affordable Housing Mandates”

Discussant: Ron Cheung, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Florida State University

2:30-2:40:  Closing remarks (e.g., instructions for submitting final papers for publication)

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am i right to observe that not a single woman is presenting at your conference?

Posted by: anon@anon.com | Apr 6, 2007 10:30:29 AM

The conference also seems overwhelmingly tilted to the right of the political spectrum.

Posted by: anon2 | Apr 6, 2007 10:47:25 AM

Interesting reactions--why wear the cloak of anonymity? In any event, just to be clear, the conference was organized through the Economics Department at FSU by its Chair Prof. Benson, so pointing out its apparent lack of diversity should be directed to him. It's not "my conference", indeed, I won't be able to attend b/c of other commitments, but it seemed like some readers might be interested in it. Perhaps Prof. Benson will have more information about what kinds of outreach efforts were made to ensure a diversity of perspectives.

On the second point, FWIW, I only know (or know of) 4 people on the panels: Somin, Adler, Seidenfeld and Ruhl. The former two are libertarians so far as I can tell from their work on Volokh; the latter two, who are my senior colleagues, are, as best as I can tell, not on the right of the political spectrum.

Two other minor points, not necessarily responsive to the comments made: first, even if there were a "rightist" tilt to the conference, it's not clear that is evidence of a lack of diversity of views since the takings issue seems to divide the right in many ways, the same way it does with the left. Second, if (and only to the extent that) one believes there are lots of libertarians on these panels and libertarians are invariably on the "right," then it's worth noting that some libertarians don't identify themselves with the right at all. For example, consider and compare the Cato guy's urging of a rapprochement between liberals and libertarians at http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20061211&s=lindsey121106 and J.Chait's "drop dead" response: http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20061225&s=chait122506. Anyway, thanks again for these comments.

Posted by: Dan Markel | Apr 6, 2007 11:34:51 AM

Not a single woman has published in the past couple of issues of Yale Law Journal either. What is it with women these days anyhow? . . . .

Posted by: anon | Apr 6, 2007 2:56:18 PM

So which women who write about the economics of takings should have been invited? None, other than perhaps Carol Rose, immediately spring to mind. And if the conference tilts to the right, that will hardly make up for just about every other law conference this year, that will tilt the other way.

Posted by: anon e mouse | Apr 6, 2007 4:54:24 PM

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