USC Price School of Public Policy


Kim discusses evolving economic relationship between US, Vietnam

May 23, 2016

American Public Media’s “Marketplace” quoted Annette Kim, USC Price associate professor and director of the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), on the changing economic relationship between the United States and Vietnam. “It’s amazing this transformation can happen in one lifetime,” Kim said.

CNN op-ed by Abbas addresses ‘Why we worry about flying’

May 19, 2016

CNN published an op-ed by USC Price Professor Ali Abbas, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Ethics (DECIDE), titled “Why we worry about flying.” Abbas write, “Behavioral decision-making provides several insights into why the perceived risk of flying is higher than it really is, specifically through what is known as cognitive biases. Perhaps the most relevant biases here are anchoring and availability. Anchoring is a well-known cognitive bias that is demonstrated when people rely too heavily on a single piece of information that resides in their salient memory when making a decision. Availability bias is the tendency to overestimate the likelihood of an event where there is greater ‘availability,’ or greater ‘detail,’ in our memory.”

Lakdawalla on long-term financial benefits of treating hepatitis C

May 18, 2016

KPCC-FM featured research by Darius Lakdawalla of the USC Schaeffer Center on how treating hepatitis C in the long-term is more cost effective than continuing existing treatments. “Unfortunately, the conventional wisdom is, if there’s an expensive drug, the way to ration it is to treat people who are sickest, but it turns out that’s kind of backwards from where the value really lies,” Lakdawalla said.

Faculty Research Update: April 2016

May 18, 2016

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research Publications Aguila, E., Angrisani, M., & Blanco, L.R. (2016). Ownership of a bank account and health of older hispanics. Economics Letters, Aguila, E., Guerrero, E., & Vega, W. (2016). Sociodemographic Characteristics Associated with Smoking or Drinking among Low-Income Mexican Older Adults. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 11(16). Chen, A., Oster, […]

MPL alum Phillips writes LA Times op-ed on root cause of city’s affordable housing crisis

May 17, 2016

The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by USC Price MPL alumnus and urban planner Shane Phillips on the root cause of Los Angeles’ affordable housing crisis. Phillips wrote: “So next time someone suggests that a fancy new development is driving up rents in a neighborhood, remember Venice, and Rosemead and Reseda. These communities aren’t growing, and yet rents there are surging just like downtown and Hollywood. The problem is not overly complex or nefarious. It’s a simple shortage — the result of 30 years of operating under the false premise that ‘if you don’t build it, they won’t come.’”


Boarnet, Painter explain how LA can get more out of transit investments

May 16, 2016

The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by professors Marlon Boarnet and Gary Painter of the USC Price School on how profits from Metro’s Expo Line could have benefited the communities it intersects. Boarnet and Painter also recommend future requirements, such as providing affordable housing or contributing a portion of the tax proceeds to similar projects.

USC Shoah profiles contributions of Price student Gina Jin

May 11, 2016

The USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education featured a profile on Price School of Public Policy student Ge (Gina) Jin. During her tenure as a USC Shoah Foundation intern, Jin researched the Nanjing Massacre, helped translate from Mandarin to English, wrote summaries for several of the testimonies, and helped to organize meetings with visitors from China, the story noted.

Millennials are on the move. (Photo by Erica Cherup)

From downtown dweller to suburbanite: The millennial migration begins

May 10, 2016

Millennials in cities nationwide have flocked to fill downtown apartments over the past decade, but a new USC study shows the real estate market should brace for a major migration. Last year marked a major turning point as the country’s urban centers reached “peak” millennial, said study author Dowell Myers, a professor of urban planning and demography at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Foreign journalists analyze extremism coverage with SCI experts

May 10, 2016

Erroll Southers and Frank Quiambao from the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Safe Communities Institute (SCI) hosted 15 journalists from 14 countries on April 25 as part of a reporting tour conducted by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Public Affairs’ Foreign Press Center focused on the theme of “Youth and Countering Violent Extremism.”