USC Price School of Public Policy


Reiss, Grose on election impact of independent voters

December 10, 2017

The Kansas City Star cited research by Bonnie Reiss and Christian Grose of the USC Price School’s Schwarzenegger Institute and colleagues on how independent voters will impact future elections. Grose is also affiliated with the USC Dornsife College.

Currid-Halkett’s new book makes best of 2017 list

December 9, 2017

The Economist included “The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class” by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at the USC Price School, on its best books of 2017 list.

Money-saving health plans do little to curb spending on unnecessary medical services

December 8, 2017

An increasingly popular form of health insurance touted for its money-saving potential has not reduced spending on unnecessary medical services, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Managed Care. Neeraj Sood, USC Price School of Public Policy vice dean and the director of research at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, was a corresponding author of the study.

Sood’s research shows patients unlikely to shop for plans with lower deductibles

December 8, 2017

Healthline highlighted research by Neeraj Sood of the USC Price School that found patients were unlikely to shop around for plans with lower deductibles. “What we found was if you compared people in the high-deductible plan versus people in the traditional plan, there was no difference in their price-shopping behavior,” Sood said. Researchers found only 3 percent of patients actually compared prices and less than 10 percent considered other health care providers.

Green analyzes tax bill, homeownership

December 6, 2017

Slate quoted Richard Green, Director of the USC Lusk Center, on how the Republican tax reform bill may negatively impact homeownership in California, but would not be catastrophic.

USC’s Edwin Saucedo named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, will study in Beijing

December 5, 2017

USC Price School of Public Policy Master of Public Administration student Edwin Saucedo has been selected as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will undertake a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Saucedo received his bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning and development in May from USC Price. A first-generation college student, he served as USC’s Undergraduate Student Government president from 2016-2017. Saucedo is among 142 students from 97 universities in 39 countries chosen for the third class of the Schwarzman Scholars, aims to educate and prepare exceptional men and women to confront the most difficult challenges of the coming century and develop an understanding of China necessary to lead in the future.

USC Price, LAPD, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck partner to educate officers on handling homeless, mentally ill

December 4, 2017

Los Angeles Daily News highlighted a partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School, USC Price School and Los Angeles Police Department on a project to educate officers on how to handle interactions with residents who may be experiencing homelessness, mental illness and addiction. The story also quoted USC Price School Dean Jack Knott, Erroll Southers of the USC Price School and John Brekke of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School about the importance of the Law Enforcement Advanced Development (LEAD) program and how they developed the curriculum.

Diversity workshop aims to inspire future planning leaders, give every community a voice

November 29, 2017

USC Price Professor David Sloane opened the recent Diversity in Planning Workshop by telling attendees that this is an incredible moment in urban planning — with state and local governments, as well as grassroots efforts, taking more ownership over how their own communities are being built. The workshop was the latest in the Price School’s four-year, ongoing effort to increase diversity in Master of Planning degree programs. Sixteen people attended from colleges across the state and country.

Los Angeles Urban Funders: Philanthropic initiatives in the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest

November 29, 2017

Shortly after the 1992 L.A. civil unrest, a funder collaborative emerged to improve socioeconomic conditions in three of the city’s most neglected neighborhoods. In all, more than 29 foundations participated in Los Angeles Urban Funders (LAUF), giving away more than $25 million over the course of a decade. LAUF modeled new and effective ways for foundations to work with each other and with low-income communities. The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy undertook an inquiry to document the initiative and lessons for philanthropic practice and the field of community development.

Bedrosian Center, Jenkins convene national scholars for ‘Pivotal Politics’ symposium

November 29, 2017

For his first symposium as director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Political Institutions & Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative, Jenkins brought together scholars nationwide, including Stanford’s Keith Krehbiel, for a discussion at USC on what the book Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking meant when it was written, what it means today and how it will matter going forward.

Vertenten on lack of regulation of tech companies

November 29, 2017

WhoWhatWhy quoted Dora Kingsley Vertenten of the USC Price School about the lack of regulation and enforcement of laws for technology companies and social media platforms. The story also quoted Robert Hernandez and Mike Ananny of the USC Annenberg School on how these companies are buying out competition that may lead to innovation and that lack of public accountability for these companies’ business practices.