October 7, 2013
On the heels of an announcement from Google that the company’s next startup, Calico, will tackle the science of aging, a new study showed that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer or heart disease. With even modest gains in our scientific understanding of how to slow the aging process, an additional 5 percent of adults over the age of 65 would be healthy rather than disabled every year from 2030 to 2060, revealed the study in the journal, Health Affairs. USC Price School of Public Policy professor Dana Goldman, director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, was the study’s lead author.
June 20, 2013
Liz Falletta, an assistant professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, calls multifamily housing “important but extremely complex.” “Professionals from very different fields are heavily involved in its production, including real estate developers, urban planners and architects,” she explained, “all of whom speak different languages and have different criteria for success.” To address this disconnect, Falletta developed a research project – titled By-Right/By-Design – that compares multifamily housing designs of the past and present to reveal new insights for the future of housing production in Los Angeles.
June 20, 2013
Only a couple of weeks after completing their bachelor’s degrees at the USC Price School of Public Policy, Jonathan Ocon and Niaz Peyrovan attended the grand opening of an exhibition at the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood, Calif., and saw their names displayed on the wall as research assistants. Ocon and Peyrovan were two of four Trojans to take part in the Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) during the spring semester, receiving grants to conduct research in collaboration with a USC Price faculty member.
June 20, 2013
An anthrax attack centered on downtown Seattle could cripple the region’s real estate market, causing housing prices to plunge 33 percent and resulting in 70,000 residential foreclosures, according to the results of a new study co-authored by Adam Rose, research professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy and coordinator for economics at the CREATE Homeland Security Center. Published in the journal Risk Analysis, the study is the first to analyze how an insidious terrorist attack — one that employs radiological, biological or chemical agents — would impact the real estate market of a major city.
June 3, 2013
To comply with a statewide “fair pricing” law, hospitals throughout California have significantly lowered prices to uninsured patients, with nearly all even going beyond the state mandate and offering free care to those below the poverty line, according to a USC study published on June 3 in Health Affairs. The study, led by USC Sol Price School of Public Policy professor Glenn Melnick and Katya Fonkych, found that the surprising success of the legislation represents the beginnings of a safety net not in place for other states.