USC Price School of Public Policy


Green discusses Prop 13’s impact on housing prices in CA

August 29, 2017

KPCC-FM‘s “Take Two” interviewed Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on how Proposition 13 – which limits the rate property taxes can increase in California – impacts the state’s home prices.

Boarnet’s research studies job opportunities for low-income people near public transit

August 29, 2017

NPR San Diego affiliate KPBS-FM featured research by Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on the number of job opportunities for low-income individuals who have access to and from public transit access points. The researchers found that residents of low-income neighborhoods in San Diego with cars have 30 times greater job opportunities compared to those that need to walk to public transit. Boarnet and his colleagues also found that driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs an individual could access with a 30-minute commute.

Jenkins analyzes effects of Huricane Harvey on Trump presidency

August 29, 2017

The Washington Post published commentary by Jeffrey Jenkins of the USC Price School and colleagues on the electoral impact Hurricane Harvey may have on President Donald Trump. According to the researchers, voters will punish incumbents at the ballot box if natural disaster response is inadequate and will reward those who provide relief. “To the extent that Harvey’s destruction remains concentrated in Democratic-leaning urban areas, Trump may face significant punishment in 2020,” they wrote.

PhD students’ scholarly impact spans breadth of policy, planning fields

August 25, 2017

In 2017, the USC Price School of Public Policy sent nine Ph.D. graduates into the world to become the next generation of scholars; several of whom have already secured tenure-track faculty positions at leading universities. Through their academic work in both the Public Policy and Management (PPM) Ph.D. program and the Urban Planning and Development (UPD) Ph.D. program, these students addressed a wide variety of issues facing society.

At NABJ panel, Southers explains extremism, warned of Charlottesville violence

August 21, 2017

Two days before the violence and tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., USC Price Professor Erroll Southers noted in a panel discussion at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans that the largest white nationalist gathering in a decade was scheduled for that weekend with even more protesters expected to attend. He called it a recipe for disaster. When the events unfolded as Southers had described, the media in attendance remembered.

Sood’s study examines why patients are unlikely to shop for best prices

August 20, 2017

CNN Money (in a Kaiser Health News story) featured a study by Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues on why patients are unlikely to price shop for doctors or medical treatments. In addition to fear of disrupting an ongoing relationship with their existing doctors, patients may also find the health care insurance market frustrating. “Maybe right now these tools are so primitive that even though there is a financial incentive to shop, people aren’t doing it,” Sood said.

USC Price students study staffing capabilities of Pasdena Police Department

August 18, 2017

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune featured a study by current and former USC Price School graduate students on the existing staffing capabilities of the Pasadena Police Department. Youngseok Kim, Tsyzan Leung, Carlos Livingston and Esther Yang found patrols around 11 a.m. on weekdays and after 11 p.m. on weekends were most likely to be understaffed and unable to respond to all calls for service. Their findings were shared with Pasadena’s Safety Committee.

Southers talks rise in right-wing extremism post-9/11, Trump’s response to such growth

August 18, 2017

USA Today featured an op-ed by Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the rise of right-wing extremism and how the threat of violence from white nationalist, neo-Nazi and other hate groups has grown exponentially since Sept. 11, 2001. Southers claims that until we have a president who can denounce  racism and domestic terrorism, events such as the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, will continue to occur.