USC Price School of Public Policy


USC’s latest Fulbright Student Grant recipients take their educations global

May 17, 2018

Fourteen exceptional USC students and recent graduates have been selected to receive Fulbright U.S. Student Grants, awarded for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. Among them is Rachel Udabe ’18, who graduated May 11 with a bachelor of science in public policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, a bachelor of arts in political science from USC Dornsife and a minor in education and society from USC Rossier. Interested in Eastern versus Western education systems, she will serve as an English teaching assistant in Taiwan and plans to enter education policy.

Price’s Geffner teaches ‘leadership as improvisation’ at USC Women’s Conference

May 17, 2018

What do actors and business leaders have in common? They both need to improvise, according to Carol J. Geffner, director of the Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program at the USC Price School of Public Policy. To teach this essential skill, Geffner led a “Leadership as Improvisation” workshop at the 2018 USC Women’s Conference.

Goldman and Lakdawalla’s research shows gap between American, European medicine prices

May 15, 2018

The Washington Post highlighted research by Dana Goldman and Darius Lakdawalla of the USC Schaeffer Center that found Americans spend approximately 90 percent more for the medicines they use compared to the five largest European markets. The researchers suggest 64 percent to 78 percent of global pharmaceutical profits come from American patients. This contributes to high cost of health care in the United States and to chronic disparities in health outcomes. Kaiser Health News highlighted The Washington Post story.

Jeffe analyzes homelessness policy, Garcetti’s legacy

May 13, 2018

The Wall Street Journal quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about how Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s tackling of the city’s homelessness issue will define his legacy and political future.

Green analyzes the relationship between highly educated people and housing costs

May 9, 2018

The Atlantic’s “CityLab” highlighted a working paper by Richard Green, Director of the USC Lusk Center, and colleagues on how the rise of more educated people with higher incomes in metropolitan areas has increased housing costs that predominantly affect the less educated. Although Green found that a higher number of college graduates in an area raises incomes for everyone, a 1 percent increase in college grads leads to a roughly 2.5 percent increase in the cost of rent.

Are all cities fundamentally the same? Expert scholars debate urban theory at Price seminar

May 6, 2018

Urban theory is somewhat of a theory of everything when it comes to cities. Current theoretical frameworks can be used to understand the nature of all cities around the world, argued Allen J. Scott and Michael Storper in a seminar offered by the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis (DUPSA). This assertion comes as a direct challenge to much new writing and thinking on cities today.