USC Price School of Public Policy


Owning a home may not be in the cards for many millennials

January 23, 2018

In the mid-20th century, it was a common expectation that just about every working 20-something could purchase a home. That person was likely male, married, making an average wage and wasn’t college-educated. He was probably the sole breadwinner. Today, millennials are entering their 20s and 30s at a time when housing isn’t a given. Perhaps they lived with their parents after graduating college for a bit or have roommates well into their 30s. Being middle-class in the global economy is expensive — and millennials are changing housing trends because of it. USC Price faculty Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Richard Green and Dowell Myers examine these trends.

Faculty Research Update: January 2018

January 22, 2018

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research. Publications Michael Thom (2018). “Lights, Camera, but No Action? Tax and Economic Development Lessons From State Motion Picture Incentive Programs” American Review of Public Administration 48(1): 33 – 51. Ali Abbas, Jay Simon, and Chris Smith (2017). “Introduction to the Special Issue on Decision Analysis and Social Media” Decision Analysis, December 2017 Kenneth Fletcher, […]

Duquette’s research reveals tax reform’s effect on charities

January 19, 2018

Bloomberg highlighted a study by Nicolas Duquette of the USC Price School on how charitable contribution tax deductions impact charities’ donation revenue. Duquette found that a one percent increase in the tax cost of giving results in a four percent loss for charities. According to the study, cultural institutions, museums, colleges and universities were better able to survive any changes to the tax code compared to social service charities.

Where patients get prescription opioids: It’s not where you might think

January 17, 2018

Legislatures and hospitals around the country have tightened emergency room prescribing guidelines for opioids to curb the addiction epidemic, but a new USC study shows that approach diverts attention from the main sources of prescription painkillers. Overall opioid prescribing skyrocketed 471 percent from 1996 to 2012, according to the study by USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Price School alumna Sarah Axeen PhD ’16, an assistant professor at Keck, led the study.

Disruptive technology, growth opportunities among themes of CED manufacturing conference

January 16, 2018

Following a gradual erosion of manufacturing jobs over the past decade, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) Bi-Annual Meeting – hosted Nov. 14 by the Price School – USC Center for Economic Development (CED) – brought together representatives of the region’s leading aerospace companies to discuss how they could manufacture a better future for aerospace and defense.

Green on tax reform, home buying

January 12, 2018

The Orange County Register quoted Richard Green, Director of the USC Lusk Center, about whether the new federal tax code will impact home buying in California for those that can afford a mortgage more than $750,000.

Jeffe analyzes recent GOP retirements

January 11, 2018

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on how the retirement of GOP representatives may help and hurt the Democrats’ chances of flipping those seats in the midterm elections.

Giuliano honored for scholarly contributions to regional science

January 11, 2018

Professor Genevieve Giuliano was named the 2017 recipient of the Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement from the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). Giuliano – who directs the METRANS Transportation Center – has dedicated her academic career to studying Los Angeles and many other metropolitan regions around the world.

Jeffe on CA, Trump policy schism

January 10, 2018

Financial Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the schism between President Donald Trump and California’s policies.

Talley: ‘Emerging cognitive technologies can spur better mission performance’

January 8, 2018

Lieutenant General (Retired) Jeffrey W. Talley, Professor of Practice in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering, recently published an article titled, “Cognitive Readiness: The Future for Success?” published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government. “Cognitive readiness is the application of cognitive analytics powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to provide a situational understanding or common operating picture (COP) of the readiness of an organization (i.e., people, training, equipment),” Talley explains.