USC Price School of Public Policy

Gary Dean Painter


Director, Graduate Programs in Public Policy
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, Ph.D., is the Director of Social Policy at the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. In addition, he currently serves as the Price School’s Director of Graduate Programs in Public Policy and the Director of Research at the Lusk Center for Real Estate — and will remain in these roles until the end of this academic year. He has published articles in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 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 education, housing and urban economics. 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., the role of the economic cycle on household formation, and how older households make housing tenure decisions as they age. Other recent work has studied immigrant integration issues in spatial labor markets and in education.

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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