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Pisano’s new book examines ‘The Puzzle of the American Economy,’ emphasizes important role of immigrants

May 30, 2018

The most fundamental and important insight USC Price Professor Mark Pisano took from his research into an aging population is that no one is disposable. Presenting findings from his recent book, The Puzzle of the American Economy: How Changing Demographics Will Affect Our Future and Influence Our Politics (Praeger, 2017), Pisano asserted that the only way the country will be able to supplement the lost revenue of an aging workforce is by developing every single individual.

Faculty Research Update: May 2018

May 29, 2018

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research. Publications Luisa Blanco, Marco Angrisani, Emma Aguila, and Mei Leng. (2018) “Understanding the Racial/Ethnic Gap in Bank Account Ownership Among Older Adults” The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Fynnwin Prager, Zhenhua Chen, Adam Rose. (2018) “Estimating and comparing economic consequences of multiple threats: A reduced-form computable general equilibrium approach” International Journal of Disaster Risk […]

Goldman: Record low birth rate impacts Social Security, Medicare

May 21, 2018

The Hill published commentary by Price School Professor and the USC Schaeffer Center Director Dana Goldman and colleagues about the future impacts of America’s declining birth rate. The authors argue that this 30-year low in the birth rate could have devastating implications on Social Security and Medicare, and is well below the level needed to maintain existing population levels. “Rapidly declining fertility today matters not just because of its immediate impact on our economy, but because of its reverberating effects on every aspect of our society for the remainder of this century,” they wrote.

Myers examines unfounded anxiety over demographic shifts in WaPo op-ed

May 18, 2018

The Washington Post published commentary by Professor Dowell Myers of the USC Price School and Morris Levy of the USC Dornsife College about white anxiety about possibly becoming a demographic minority. Myers and Levy argue this is a myth based on a limited definition of whiteness. “Stories about the impending demise of white America are rooted in outmoded notions of racial exclusivity. These stories of white decline obscure the ongoing changes to America’s color line, and they serve only to divide,” the authors wrote.

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