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Rose convenes IDRiM ninth annual conference

As its President, Price School faculty member Adam Rose, convened the Ninth Annual Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM), October 2 to 4. The Conference was held in Sydney, Australia, and was hosted by Data61, the digital research network arm of Australia’s National Science Agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The theme of the Conference was Data-Driven Approaches to Integrated Disaster Risk Management. It attracted participants from 14 […]

PhD grads contribute to scholarly discourse on critical social issues – from housing and displacement, to commerce and climate change

The USC Price School’s distinguished class of PhD graduates in 2018 found their own way to add to the discourse on many of the pressing issues facing the region, state, country and world. All of whom are now applying their knowledge as newly appointed faculty and researchers at institutions across the globe.

Charitable giving goes down as income inequality goes up, Duquette study finds

New research from USC Price School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nicolas Duquette shows that when the rich get richer, they don’t donate more to charitable causes. Duquette’s paper “Inequality and Philanthropy: High-Income Giving in the United States 1917-2012” shows that historically, when inequality has been high, giving as a share of income has been relatively low. On the other hand, when inequality was low, the rich gave a high share of their incomes.

Sood contributes to National Academies’ report which finds that up to 8 million die from poor quality health care in low- and middle-income countries

USC Price School of Public Policy Vice Dean of Research Neeraj Sood contributed to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that calls attention to the poor quality of health care in low- and middle-income countries. The report is titled “Crossing the Global Quality Chasm: Improving Health Care Worldwide.”

Who wins when a copay exceeds the prescription price? Not the patient

Prescription drug copayments often exceed the retail cost of a drug, a recent USC study reveals. This means that technically an overpayment occurs, and someone — not the patient — keeps the excess payment. Researchers at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics who recently analyzed claims found that the copay exceeds the cost to the insurer in 1 in every 4 claims. The average overpayment is about $7.69. However, almost 1 in 5 overpayments exceeded $10. Karen Van Nuys, a research assistant professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy and executive director of the Schaeffer Center’s life sciences innovation project, was the study’s lead author.

Price expert questions federal officials’ use of ‘cherry-picked’ data to propose rolling back fuel standards

Research from USC Price Professor Antonio Bento is at the center of a national debate on the Trump administration proposal to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars. One of the arguments made in the EPA-NHTSA proposal – which widely references Bento’s influential body of research on fuel economy standards – was that increasing fuel economy standards will force automakers to make their cars lighter, hurting safety. In The New York Times and The Washington Post, Bento has been critical of his body of research being used to make these claims. To the contrary, research co-authored by Bento suggested that a reduction of the overall weight of vehicles on the road may result in fewer fatalities as a result of car crashes.

Study: Doctors reduce opioid prescriptions after learning of a patient’s fatal overdose

Will clinicians be more careful about prescribing opioids if they are made aware of the risks of these drugs firsthand? That was one of the key questions researchers explored in a new study published in the August issue of the journal Science. The USC Schaeffer Center’s Jason Doctor was lead author of the study.

Aguila shares data on elderly pensions, effective implementation at OECD conference in Paris

Increasing poverty rates among the elderly have led more than 40 countries to introduce non-contributory pensions. And in many countries, the money is disbursed every two months – instead of monthly – because it’s more cost-effective for governments. However, research from USC Price’s Emma Aguila indicates that monthly disbursements provide greater health benefits. She presented these findings in June at the OECD in Paris.

Price School Research Professor, CREATE Faculty Affiliate Adam Rose quoted by Reuters on policy issues relating to disaster alerts

Reuters quoted Adam Rose, USC Price School research professor and CREATE faculty affiliate, on disaster alert failures.

Rose participates in GAO, National Academies expert meeting on security for radiological materials

Price School Research Professor and CREATE Faculty Affiliate Adam Rose participated in the US General Accountability Office/National Academies of Science Expert Meeting on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Security Requirements for Radiological Materials, July 26-27, 2018.