USC Price School of Public Policy


Mexico and California: Opportunities for cleaner energy cooperation

April 29, 2017

Facing what seem to be contradictory policy trends regarding renewable energy, experts say that Mexico and California can learn from one another about how to work together to foster renewable sources on both sides of the border. Speaking to an audience of policymakers, USC students and alumni in Sacramento, the USC Price School of Public Policy hosted a lively panel discussion at a forum titled “Cross-Border Renewable Energy Collaboration: Mexico and California’s Shared Future.”

Webcast: Race, Arts, and Inclusive Placemaking after the 1992 Civil Unrest

April 27, 2017

Webcast start times: Thursday, April 27 – 8:45 AM PT | Friday, April 28 – 9:00 AM PT FORWARD LA: Race, Arts, and Inclusive Placemaking after the 1992 Civil Unrest Our conference, Race, Arts, and Inclusive Placemaking after the 1992 Civil Unrest, takes stock at the 25th anniversary of the 1992 LA Civil Unrest, a seminal moment which sparked a national discussion about the conflicts in our cities. Since then, Los Angeles has been rebuilding […]

Case, Deaton say ‘deaths by despair’ data make argument for universal coverage

April 25, 2017

Rising rates of sickness and death among middle-aged American whites without a college degree who are lacking a robust labor market create a strong argument for a single payer health plan in the U.S, said USC Presidential Professor Sir Angus Deaton in a presentation, co-sponsored by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. The event — “Morbidity and Mortality in 21st Century America” — built on groundbreaking research by Deaton and Professor Anne Case in 2015 which showed a surprising increase in mortality rates for white non-Hispanic adults. The authors blamed drugs, suicide and alcohol for rising “deaths by despair” in the U.S.

Trish, Ginsburg address ACA’s uncertainty, how it will affect marketplace

April 24, 2017

USC Price faculty Erin Trish and Paul Ginsburg, who are researchers at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, coauthored a Brookings article about the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and how it will affect the marketplace. “The Administration could clearly lay out its intentions to enforce the individual mandate and pay cost-sharing subsidies, or Congress could appropriate the money to fund the cost-sharing reduction subsidies. But toying with such funding as a bargaining chip is not productive and will inject a level of uncertainty that is too high for insurers to participate. Health insurance coverage for millions of individuals is at stake,” the authors wrote.

Schaeffer Center experts examine policy solutions addressing future of health care

April 23, 2017

With one attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act defeated and another soon to come, the USC Price School of Public Policy hosted a timely conversation on the future of health care. The panel featured four faculty members from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics – Dana Goldman, Neeraj Sood, Julie Zissimopoulos and Erin Trish. The event was part of the Price School’s post-election forum series.

From tragedy, a dedication to education and service

April 23, 2017

During April, declared Armenian History Month in Los Angeles County by the L.A. Board of Supervisors, many like Professor Frank Zerunyan are remembering the past and taking steps to shape a brighter future for Armenia and the rest of the world. For him, the way forward leads with education and public service, evidenced by his law degree, his three terms as mayor of Rolling Hills Estates, and his academic career at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Experts debate solutions to LA’s housing crisis during USC Price seminar

April 21, 2017

Following the defeat of Measure S on the March ballot, the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Urban Growth Seminar, a public lecture series, brought together housing experts to discuss the state of planning in Los Angeles. Measure S, which would have put a two-year moratorium on building high-density projects in the city, lost by a 70-30 margin.

MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch on risk-taking, big bets in philanthropy

April 21, 2017

The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy welcomed Julia Stasch, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as part of its Distinguished Speakers Series luncheon on April 4. Moderated by Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation CEO and chair of the center’s Board of Advisors, Stasch discussed MacArthur’s approach to public problem solving and the need for risk-taking and collaboration in philanthropy, particularly in these politically charged times.

Myers presents research demonstrating immigrants’ long-term value on US economy

April 21, 2017

USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Dowell Myers recently presented the research he contributed to the National Academy of Sciences report, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration — in which the crux of his work showed how immigrants have an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth in the U.S. This stands in sharp contrast to the rhetoric currently being propagated that immigrants are costing the country billions of dollars.

Strengthening the impact of donor and family giving

April 13, 2017

Building upon seven years of supporting families in strengthening the impact of their giving, the USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy held its inaugural Family Philanthropy Forum — Donors & Their Families: Enduring Issues, Emerging Themes, Endless Possibilities — on March 9 in Beverly Hills. The event featured speakers such as Jeff and Tricia Raikes, founders of the Raikes Foundation; Kelly Davenport Nowlin, Surdna Foundation trustee; and Steven M. Hilton, chair of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

CED event focuses on boosting job growth in local manufacturing industry

April 12, 2017

General (ret.) David Petraeus thanked executives in the aerospace and defense manufacturing industries for their innovation during his remarks as a featured speaker for the second Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) Bi-Annual Meeting, hosted by the Center for Economic Development (CED) at the USC Price School. The event is a way for CED to connect with AMP SoCal members, provide valuable information from expert panels, and explain the work it is doing to strengthen the local industry.

Price panel convenes NYC transit experts to explore building ‘More Livable City’

April 12, 2017

Professor Genevieve Giuliano led a panel of New York transit experts to discuss “Creating a More Livable City Through Transportation,” as part of the USC Price Conversations in New York series. The event included NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg; Elliott Sclar of Columbia University; and Alison Conway of the City College of New York. Together, they painted a picture of a city working to balance population growth, funding challenges and the need for environmentally conscious options like bike lanes and shared-ride cars.

At after-school summit, Schwarzenegger criticizes balancing budget ‘on the backs’ of kids

April 10, 2017

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rallied after-school program leaders and educators from all 50 states, imploring them to join him in educating Congress, and being “terminators” – as he phrased it – in the battle to prevent $1.2 billion in federal funding cuts for these vital programs, which would impact more than 1.6 million children. “This is not a party issue, this is a people’s issue,” Schwarzenegger said.

Schaeffer Center panel debates role of government in drug price negotiations

April 10, 2017

A panel by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics illustrated how the U.S. political debate on pharmaceutical pricing is increasingly focused on the tradeoff between the need for innovation versus affordable access to drugs. The conversation featured Schaeffer Center Director Dana Goldman, USC Price Vice Dean Neeraj Sood, Sir Michael Rawlins, chair of Britain’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus.