Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Yu-Hung Hong is the founding Director of the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Laboratory that promotes social responsibility among entrepreneurs and academics in the real estate profession worldwide, with a particular focus on China. He is also the founder and Executive Director of Land Governance Laboratory where he studies the use of land tools to facilitate open and inclusive decision making processes for land resource allocation in developing countries. He is also a Lecturer of Urban Planning and Finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Hong earned his Ph.D. in Urban Development and Masters in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. His research focuses on property rights and obligations, land readjustment/sharing, and local public finance. Specifically, he is interested in investigating how governments can capture land value increments created by public investment and community collaboration for financing local infrastructure and durable shelters for the poor.
Dr. Hong has been teaching urban public finance since 1996 and publishes on topics related to property rights, public land leasing, land readjustment, and property taxation. He is the author of several academic papers and the coeditor/author of eleven books including:
In collaboration with UN-HABITAT, Dr. Hong is undertaking a book project to examine why some countries have or have not taken the key values of land readjustment--public participation and inclusiveness--seriously. The edited volume, Governance and Land Readjustment, will be published in late 2015.
His current research projects include: