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In Memoriam: Stan Ross, Chair Emeritus, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

June 19, 2018

This is the essence of Stan — he made everyone he touched better, both professionally and personally. Dear USC Price School and Lusk Center Family, I would like to share again some thoughts I had about Stan Ross when he moved to Chair Emeritus status last year. I think they are appropriate as we memorialize his wonderful life: Stan Ross has made my life better. I am sure there are thousands of people who would […]

National scholars convene to examine methods, trends in subnational policymaking research

June 18, 2018

“The study of state and local politics has taken off over the last decade. Data, methods and research interests have evolved. There are a variety of important questions that can’t be examined well at the federal level, because of severe case limitations.  But scholars can get leverage on these questions thanks to the sizable and interesting variation that exists at the state and local levels,” said USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Jeffery Jenkins, […]

Kim op-ed in The Atlantic: ‘Satellite images can harm the poorest citizens’

June 11, 2018

The Atlantic published an op-ed by USC Price Associate Professor Annette Kim, director of the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), on how computer analysis of satellite images for developing cities will often overlook some urban communities whose settlements are unplanned; and as a result, many of the poorest residents are harmed by inadequately distributing public services. “When smart-city institutions rely on computer algorithms to expedite their work, they can embed unintended bias into municipal operations, resulting in things like racially biased criminal sentencing, information searching, and financial access,” she wrote. By tracking informal urbanization, cities can better prepare these regions for disasters and include them within the scope of transportation and infrastructure development.

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