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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.

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.

Rose analyzes economic costs of 9/11, global terrorism on CCTV

September 12, 2014

CCTV-America interviewed USC Price Research Professor Adam Rose, coordinator for economics at the CREATE Homeland Security Center, about the economic costs of 9/11. He also commented on such topics as longer-term consequences, which individual economic sectors have been most affected, whether increased security costs had an impact on the U.S. economy, and implications on other government spending of President Obama’s ISIS Strategy.

Kim’s research on Vietnam’s sidewalk culture featured in documentary

September 12, 2014

VTC (Vietnam) aired the live stream of a documentary featuring USC Price Associate Professor Annette Kim and her research on the sidewalk culture of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. The national TV channel featured Kim’s presentation at an international conference in Vietnam sponsored by Harvard. It also interviewed her about her 18 years of research on the country’s culture, which examines urban land use and public space, especially in rapidly growing cities.

Price master’s students continue drought mitigation efforts in LA

September 12, 2014

This past spring, Yixue Chen MPP ’15, Brandon de Bruhl MPP ’15, Heidi Greenhalgh MPP ’14, Andrienne Lindgrin MPL ’14 and Rhett-Alexander Paranay MPP/MPL ’15 were finalists in the 2014 Public Policy Challenge for their proposal LASaves, an online platform to engage customers in water conservation efforts. Since receiving additional funding from the Fels Institute of Government as part of the national competition, the USC Price team has been continuing its innovative drought mitigation efforts in LA.

Mazmanian pens op-ed on ‘climate-change costs’

September 11, 2014

The San Francisco Examiner published an op-ed by Professor Dan Mazmanian, academic director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, addressing the lack of attention – among the public and civic leaders – to climate change, despite the troubling effects as a result of its acceleration. “The problem, as I see it, is not in the absence of credible research on our vulnerability to the effects of climate change,” he wrote. “More surprising, however, is that so little attention has been paid to the economic impact of climate change and related studies that highlight the costs we as taxpayers have been paying out of our pocketbooks for climate change’s effects.”


Goldberg inducted fellow of American Institute of Certified Planners

September 10, 2014

S. Gail Goldberg, executive director of the Urban Land Institute-Los Angeles and an advisory board member for the Master of Planning program at the USC Price School of Public Policy, has been inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the professional institute of the American Planning Association.

Former Port of Los Angeles Chief joins USC Price School

September 4, 2014

The Los Angeles Business Journal featured Geraldine Knatz, who has been appointed to professorships at the USC Price School and USC Viterbi School. Knatz served as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 until last year. At Price, she will research and teach on seaport policy and management. She will also research port management and sustainability at Viterbi.