USC Price School of Public Policy


Healthy food incentive program helps both low-income families, local farmers

August 30, 2016

More than four million people in California are receiving government nutrition-assistance benefits through the CalFresh program. With an assist from USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Howard Greenwald, the Ecology Center is encouraging low-income families to spend these benefits on healthy food options. Greenwald’s research found that the Market Match program led to improved health for families, and showed that local farmers and businesses are also benefiting.

Healthcare diversity program aims to educate, inspire future leaders

August 26, 2016

USC Price School of Public Policy Professor LaVonna Lewis led the 2016 USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative Summer Enrichment Program, showcasing the breadth and depth of the field of health administration — and raising awareness about careers in healthcare. As part of the program, students volunteered to cook lunch and sort clothes at the Downtown Women’s Center, dedicated helping women overcome poverty and homelessness.

CREATE talk draws on military lessons to build adaptable organizations

August 26, 2016

Author and former military officer Chris Fussell presented on the process for building adaptable organizations, drawing lessons from how the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force’s transformed to overcome the changing landscape of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. The discussion was part of a Distinguished Speaker Series event for the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) on Aug. 2.

NY Times runs Goldman’s op-ed on high service hospitals

August 22, 2016

The New York Times featured an op-ed by Dana Goldman, USC Price professor and director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, in the “Room for Debate” section analysis of high service hospitals. “In the case of hospitals, the profits from concierge care will be used to finance unprofitable activities such as charitable care,” said Goldman.


Petraeus focuses on how to improve US military in Foreign Affairs

August 22, 2016

Retired General David Petraeus, Judge Widney Professor at USC who holds a joint faculty appointment at the Price School of Public Policy, coauthored an article in Foreign Affairs magazine with Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution discussing the next President’s challenges in keeping our military in optimal shape.

Thom’s research on filmmaking tax breaks featured in Variety

August 19, 2016

Variety highlighted research by Assistant Professor Michael Thom finding most states’ tax incentives for the film industry do not result in significant gains in wages or employment levels. “The promise was this was going to diversify the economy, that they were going to draw Hollywood out of Hollywood; in general, this does not pay off,” Thom said.

Star-struck states waste millions of tax dollars on Hollywood productions, USC study finds

August 18, 2016

Nearly all 50 states have lured Hollywood productions with millions of dollars in special tax incentives for filmmaking, but new USC research shows they fail to deliver the long-term economic benefits promised by industry lobbyists and lawmakers. “The incentives are a bad investment. States pour millions of tax dollars into a program that offers little return,” said lead author Michael Thom, an assistant professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy.