USC Price School of Public Policy


Study: Doctors reduce opioid prescriptions after learning a patient overdoses

August 16, 2018

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

August 16, 2018

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.

Zerunyan offers Armenian public officials lessons on governance, collaboration, leadership

August 16, 2018

USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Frank Zerunyan returned to Armenia this summer for a fifth year of executive education efforts training public servants and military leaders in public administration and management. The centerpiece of Zerunyan’s trip was an intensive four-day training course on governance, ethics, collaboration, leadership and strategic planning that he taught at American University of Armenia. The course was attended by officials from the ministries of economics, justice, transportation, energy, finance, defense and sports and entertainment.

Doctor’s research on nudges to reduce opioid prescription featured

August 9, 2018

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) featured research by Jason Doctor of USC’s Schaeffer Center on doctors who prescribed fewer opioids after learning of a patient’s overdose. More than 400 letters were sent to doctors as part of the study. The story also appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Post (in a California Healthline story), Los Angeles Times, NPR and HealthDay.

USC Trustee Rick Caruso headlines Price real estate talk spanning homelessness, self-driving cars, retail

August 8, 2018

Visionary real estate developer and USC Trustee Rick Caruso was joined by Lewis C. Horne, president of global commercial real estate services provider CBRE, and Los Angeles Times real estate writer Roger Vincent for a discussion covering the future of retail, potential impact of automated vehicles and the homeless issue in Los Angeles. Held at The Grove, the event helped launch the new USC Price Real Estate Alumni & Affiliates network.

Jeffe examines Ocasio-Cortez’s visit to LA

August 3, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about House of Representatives nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) visit to Los Angeles.

Bento on attempts to lower fuel economy requirements

August 3, 2018

The New York Times quoted Antonio Bento of the USC Price School about the federal government’s attempts to lower fuel economy and automobile weight requirements. Vanity Fair cited Bento’s comments.

Schaeffer Center research suggests insurance premiums would have dropped without political instability

August 3, 2018

Fortune highlighted research from the USC Schaeffer Center and the Brookings Institute that found individual insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have actually fallen by 4.3% in 2019 if the market had remained stable. If the individual mandate had not been repealed and other protections had remained in place for consumers, despite rising medical costs, insurance holders could have expected a cost-savings.