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Julie Zissimopoulos says medical advances would best improve quality of life and lower medical costs if they focused on delaying the rate of aging rather than on treating specific diseases. (Photo by Dana Maxson) 
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Zissimopoulos joins USC Global Conversation on ‘Defining Future Reality’

October 15, 2014

Over the last century, new medical innovations have ushered in two profound changes: life expectancy increased by almost a quarter, and the U.S. now spends more per capita on health care than any other nation. At the USC Global Conversation in New York on Oct. 15, USC Price School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Julie Zissimopoulos addressed the difficult question of which medical innovations are worth their price tags.

USC Lusk Casden Forecast: SoCal rents expected to spike

October 7, 2014

The Los Angeles Times featured the 2014 USC Casden Multifamily Forecast from the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. The annual report found that L.A. County rents are expected to rise 8.2 percent by mid-2016, to an average of $1,856 a month. “Though the economy and employment have improved, renters’ incomes are stagnant,” said Richard Green, USC Price professor and director of the Lusk Center. KPCC-FM also covered the report, finding that the vacancy rate for L.A. County dropped 10.8 percent, to 3.3 percent. In the Inland Empire, vacancy dropped 30 percent, to 3.8 percent. The story was also covered in a second Los Angeles Times article, the LAist, Los Angeles Business, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KGTV-TV, L.A. Weekly, Curbed L.A. and San Diego Daily Transcript.

Goldman addresses myths about cancer care

October 6, 2014

Forbes ran an article co-authored by Dana Goldman, USC Price professor and director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, on cancer care myths that are prevalent in America. “As we address the need to contain costs, we must do so in a responsible way that both adjusts coverage policies to take undue financial burden off of cancer patients and allows innovation to flourish,” they wrote.

Chen: US infant mortality rate higher for poor, minority women than other countries

October 3, 2014

The Washington Post featured research by Alice Chen of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and colleagues on the U.S. infant mortality rate, which is much higher for poor, minority women than women of comparable status in other countries. The Atlantic reported that after the first month of life, the American infant mortality rate begins a steep rise. Vox ran charts from the study, noting that the gap in infant mortality between the U.S. and other countries “is driven almost exclusively by excess inequality in the U.S.” The story was also covered by CBS News,Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, FiveThirtyEight, Chicago and Los Angeles Wave.

Giuliano discusses challenges of freight ship movement

October 2, 2014

The Atlantic‘s “Citylab” quoted USC Price Senior Associate Dean Genevieve Giuliano about the challenges of moving goods via freight ships. “Every port wants to be the next LA/Long Beach, because ports have such a large economic effect,” Giuliano said. “They all think they’re going to get these big ships, but they’re just not.” Giuliano is director of the METRANS Transportation Center, the story noted.

Dowell Myers delivers a keynote address in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Bipartisan Policy Center)

Myers lifts the hood on housing market’s ‘demographic engine’

September 25, 2014

Predicting the future of the housing market isn’t easy, but someone has to do it. Dowell Myers, professor of urban planning and demography at the USC Price School of Public Policy, took on this challenge during his bold keynote address Sept. 15 at a national housing summit hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. Myers’ presentation was part of the center’s New Directions for National Policy: 2014 Housing Summit, which drew more than 1,000 leaders in housing policy and real estate finance from across the country.

Schaeffer addresses end-of-life care

September 22, 2014

The Dallas Morning News quoted Leonard Schaeffer, holder of the USC Widney Chair and namesake of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, about a report he co-authored called “Dying In America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.”

Guest lecturer Nancy Berlin of CalNonprofits (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan)

USC Price students learn how CA’s economy profits from nonprofits

September 17, 2014

California’s 72,000 nonprofits provide a major economic impact, generating 15 percent of the Gross State Product and employ nearly one million people, according to the state’s first-ever economic impact study of California’s nonprofit sector. Nancy Berlin, project director at the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), presented these findings at a Sept. 9 guest lecture as part of “The Nonprofit Sector and the Public Interest,” an undergraduate course at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Schaeffer calls for healthcare reform

September 17, 2014

The New York Times quoted Leonard D. Schaeffer of the USC Price School, a USC trustee and namesake of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, about needed reforms in the healthcare industry.