USC Price School of Public Policy


Price master’s students examine the ‘Art of Leadership’

February 5, 2016

Art is meant to be felt and experienced, a visceral stimulation of the senses that generates personal reflection. But there’s also a lot that can be learned about leadership from the dynamics of how art comes together. The Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program at the USC Price School of Public Policy explored the creative side of leadership in January with a two-and-a half-day examination of art and leadership.

USC conversation spotlights immigration policy, effect on families

February 4, 2016

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear the case to determine the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Tomas Rivera Policy Institute co-hosted a timely discussion with Marjorie S. Zatz on her book Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration, Youth and Families. The Jan. 20 conversation also featured TRPI director and USC Price Professor Roberto Suro and USC Gould School of Law Assistant Professor Emily Ryo.

Safe Communities Institute graduates first class of Public Safety Leadership Program

February 3, 2016

The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy recently completed its first class of the Public Safety Leadership Program (PSLP). The semester-long certificate program, which took place in fall 2015, consisted of 22 students representing 20 community agencies, including law enforcement, corrections, fire, emergency medical services, health, education and local government.

Suro interviewed on NPR for story about ‘Why Voters Are So Anxious This Election’

January 26, 2016

NPR interviewed Roberto Suro, USC Price professor and director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, about immigration being such a flash point during the Republican primaries. “One of the most illustrative things that has happened this year was in the way that Donald Trump switched from Mexicans to Muslims almost instantaneously,” Suro said.


People on high-deductible health plans aren’t better health-care shoppers

January 25, 2016

High-deductible health plans are sold as a way for consumers to take greater control over managing their medical costs, but new research shows people on those plans are no better at price shopping for health care professionals or services than people on traditional insurance. “The main message of our research is this: Giving skin in the game or giving people financial incentives is not enough to prompt people to become better consumers of health care,” said co-author Neeraj Sood, director of research at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and vice dean of the USC Price School.

EML alum named new Los Alamitos Police Chief

January 20, 2016

The Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch reported that USC Price EML alumnus Eric R. Nuñez has been named the new Los Alamitos Police Chief. Previously serving as the La Palma Police Department chief, Nuñez has trained recruits on topics including ethics and diversity, the story noted.

Sood’s study reveals surprising shopping habits of those with high health deductibles

January 18, 2016

KPCC-FM featured research by Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues finding that people with high-deductible health plans don’t shop for more affordable care any more than those with low-deductible plans. “High-deductible health plans are sold as a tool through which we can not only save health care dollars, but we can encourage patients to make value-based decisions,” Sood said. “At least in this test, high-deductible health plans fail.” The study was also cited in Kaiser Health News and Fox News.

Faculty Research Update: January 2016

January 14, 2016

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research.


House calls program for ailing seniors saves health care dollars, study finds

January 14, 2016

A Los Angeles program that makes house calls to older patients shows promise as a national model for other health care companies to save money, USC researchers say. In a new study published this month in the journal Health Affairs, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and USC Price School of Public Policy researchers found that the House Calls program became more efficient as it reduced health care spending and hospitalization rates over the course of a few years. Professor Glenn Melnick was lead author of the study.

Resh’s new book centers on “Rethinking the Administrative Presidency”

January 13, 2016

Why do presidents face so many seemingly avoidable bureaucratic conflicts? And why do these clashes usually intensify toward the end of presidential administrations, when a commander-in-chief’s administrative goals tend to be more explicit and better aligned with their appointed leadership’s prerogatives? In his new book Rethinking the Administrative Presidency, USC Price School of Public Policy Assistant Professor William G. Resh considers these complicated questions from an empirical perspective.