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Paul Ginsburg, center, leads a panel on the Affordable 
Care Act featuring prominent bond and equity analysts.
(Photo by David Scavone)

Ginsburg leads Washington panel on how ACA affects insurers, providers

December 15, 2014

By Cheryl Arvidson Paul Ginsburg, the director of Health Policy at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, led a panel of bond and equity analysts in a wide-ranging discussion of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on health care providers and insurers at the Annual Wall Street Comes to Washington Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 21. Ginsburg, who also holds the Norman Topping Chair at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, […]

National Journal column spotlights USC Price’s place-based initiatives conference

December 12, 2014

The National Journal published a column by Ron Brownstein which highlighted the national place-based initiatives conference co-hosted by the USC Price School’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. The conference convened policy makers and experts on poverty to discuss on decades of efforts to improve struggling, low-income communities. “Concentrated poverty remains a huge barrier to developing the potential of black and Hispanic youth in the United States,” the author notes.

Terrorist’s son offers message of peace at USC CREATE talk

December 11, 2014

Zak Ebrahim shared his story of overcoming a terrorist father to dedicate his life to spreading a message of peace and nonviolence at a Dec. 4 Distinguished Speaker Series event offered by the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), based at the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Rose, Wei brief Chinese macroeconomic management and planning authority delegation

December 11, 2014

USC Price School of Public Policy faculty members Professor Adam Rose and Professor Dan Wei on Nov. 17 briefed a delegation from the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the macroeconomic management and planning authority in China, directly under the Chinese State Council. The major functions of NDRC include: 1) formulating and implementing plans and strategies for national economic and social development; 2) issuing guidelines on the restructuring and optimization of the nation’s economy, […]


NBC News highlights establishment of Nick Fagnano Memorial Fund at USC Price

December 10, 2014

NBC News reported that a scholarship fund has been set up in honor of Nick Fagnano, a 20-year-old college student whose life was taken last summer before he began classes at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Parents Mary and Jay Fagnano decided to start the scholarship fund, which has raised $100,000, donated by more than 100 people. “To be able to do this in just a short few months really shows how much people cared about him and his family,” Dean Jack Knott said. “[Nick] wanted to create a vibrant downtown for everyone, including the homeless, not just the wealthy.” For more information or to make a donation, please contact Brent Watson at Watch the NBC News video »

LA is not a conventional global city, Guiliano asserts

December 8, 2014

Zocalo Public Square published an opinion piece by USC Price Senior Associate Dean Genevieve Giuliano in which she explains how Los Angeles is its own unique example of a “global city.” Giuliano argues that “there is no model global city to which L.A. should aspire.” She adds, “L.A. is the top international trade freight gateway, the center of the entertainment industry, one of the nation’s largest manufacturing centers, and an emerging leader in media technology. It is the epitome of the 21st century city, and is inventing itself on the fly.”


Kim speaks on Beijing’s underground housing market on NPR

December 8, 2014

NPR News’ “All Things Considered” featured research by Annette Kim of the USC Price School on Beijing’s underground housing market. An estimated 1 million people live underneath the city despite it being illegal. “They’re all the service people in the city,” Kim said. “They’re your waitresses, store clerks, interior designers, tech workers, who just can’t afford a place in the city.” NPR News ran a second story.

Prioritizing Place Forum – Live Twitter Feed

December 5, 2014

Prioritizing Place: A National Forum on Place-Based Initiatives Thursday, December 4 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 5 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. View the full program agenda at: Join the full conversation at #placeforum #placeforum Tweets

Currid-Halkett analyzes economic impact of art hubs on major cities

December 4, 2014

The Atlantic‘s “City Lab” featured research by USC Price Associate Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and colleagues analyzing the economic impact of arts hubs in major cities around the U.S. They found that “art clusters are tied less to conventional signs of gentrification and ‘urban’ characteristics but rather they may be found where other related industries that rely on specialized expertise and knowledge abound.”

Leading policy makers, experts, and leaders on poverty gather to reflect on decades of efforts to improve struggling, distressed low-income neighborhoods

December 4, 2014

Forum sparks a national dialogue and influence the future of policies and program addressing spatially concentrated poverty From left: Robert Ross of the California Endowment, Norman Rice of Casey Family Programs, David Bley of the Gates Foundation, and Margery Turner of the Urban Institute (Photo by David Giannamore) Los Angeles—December 4, 2014 — Poor U.S. neighborhoods are not all the same; a single process will not reverse generations of poverty; and public policy must be […]

Rick Cole, Ann Sewill, Raphael Bostic, Ethan Elkind and 
Mott Smith, from left (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan)
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How can California make better use of urban areas?

December 2, 2014

A panel of experts, advocates and local government officials considered the impact of changes to the California Environmental Quality Act at a Nov. 18 event titled “CEQA and Infill Development: Should There Be a Safe Haven?” The discussion was a joint collaboration between two areas of the USC Price School of Public Policy — the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise and the Lusk Center for Real Estate.