Course on Land Rights and Land Value Capture

Land Rights and Land Value Capture Course Overview

Land Value Capture is a public revenue policy recommended for national action by consensus of all UN member states in both the UN Habitat II Agenda in 1996 and The Vancouver Action Plan, the 1976 founding document for UN Habitat. Land value capture can provide a substantial and practical means to raise the revenue needed to implement Local Agenda 21 sustainable community plans, meet the Millennium Development Goals, and provide needed community services.

Module One - Land Rights and Poverty - of this online course contains an exploration of the theme of land rights and land ownership.

Module Two - Land Prices and the Law of Rent - introduces the “law of land rent” - an in-depth analysis of the role of land under economic development as land values increase.

These first two modules will give course participants a heightened understanding of how many social problems are rooted in “the land problem.” By the end of the second module students will know how the enormous worldwide wealth divide is due in large part to fundamental injustice in the “people/planet” relationship.

Module Three - Land Value Capture - introduces “land value capture” as a key public revenue policy based on justice in land rights. Sections in this module describe how this approach to public finance can “hatch many birds out of one egg” by addressing a number of issues including provisioning affordable housing for all, funding infrastructure, helping to secure women’s rights, promoting land reform, and improving the environment.

Module Four - Economics of War and Peace - details the dynamics of how - absent equitable rights to land resources - a war system develops and how land value capture can be an important tool for resolution of conflicts over land and natural resources.

Module Five - Policy Implementation - first gives ideas about ways to mobilize citizen campaigns in support of this policy followed by specific details of policy implementation. Course participants will learn about components of a land value capture system, principles of land valuation, and the use of information technology to promote understanding and transparency in policy implementation.

Students completing 20 out of 24 online course assignments under guidance of a course facilitator receive a paper certificate from Earth Rights Institute and are eligible to work on research and implementation projects.

The course material may also be viewed as "read only" but no certificate will be issued on this basis.