USC Price School of Public Policy

Gary Dean Painter

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Director of Social Policy, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Verna & Peter Dauterive Hall (VPD) 207c
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3331

Phone: (213) 740-8754

Fax: (213) 740-1801

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in Economics

University of California, Berkeley


Urban economics, education policy, homeownership, housing markets, public finance

Biographical sketch

Gary Painter is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of Social Policy in the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. He has published numerous articles in top journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Real Estate Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Economics of Education Review, Public Finance Review, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Housing Research, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Harvard Business Review and Industrial Relations.

Professor Painter’s research interests focuses on social innovation, housing, urban economics, and education policy. He is among the world’s foremost experts on how changing demographics impact U.S. housing markets. Recent work has focused on how immigrants are integrating into housing markets across the U.S. and the role of the economic cycle on household formation. Other recent work has studied immigrant integration issues in spatial labor markets and in education. Current research focuses on how to evaluate social innovation.

He has served as a consultant for the National Association of Realtors, Pacific Economics Group, Andrew Davidson Co., Fannie Mae, Grant Thorton LLP, Burr Consulting, and the Research Institute for Housing America.


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