USC Price School of Public Policy


Price Center for Social Innovation investigates the gig economy

February 2, 2018

KCET-TV published a story produced in partnership with the USC Price School’s Center for Social Innovation and its Neighborhood Data for Social Change on the number of Angelenos living paycheck to paycheck and the rise of the gig economy. According to the data, the majority of Los Angeles residents are forced to live paycheck to paycheck due to household expenses. The data also shows that South Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles and the Northern San Fernando Valley, which have higher concentrations of workers earning less than $3,333 a month, have fewer workers with college degrees and are more diverse than areas with higher concentrations of workers earning more than $3,333.

Jenkins analyzes tariffs, support for Trump

January 30, 2018

The Washington Post published commentary by Jeffery Jenkins of the USC Price School and colleagues on if protectionist tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump will help his voters. Jenkins and his colleagues researched the benefits of tariffs imposed by proclamation and if it increased voter support for the president and his party. The researchers did not find a correlation and do not expect one following Trump’s latest round of tariffs on foreign companies that export washing machines and solar energy cells.

Jeffe discusses Brown’s legacy

January 26, 2018

The Times of San Diego quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on Governor Jerry Brown’s career.

USC Price’s Graddy-Reed wins research award for philanthropic impact

January 25, 2018

How are nonprofits calculating overhead costs, and do these rates impact third party ratings? How do these overhead ratios and ratings impact donations from both individuals and foundations? USC Price Assistant Professor Alexandra Graddy-Reed aims to address these questions as the recipient of the Dugan Research Award for Philanthropic Impact, presented by ARNOVA and Charity Navigator. The award confers a $10,000 grant, the opportunity to present at the ARNOVA annual conference, and access to Charity Navigator’s extensive database.

Owning a home may not be in the cards for many millennials

January 23, 2018

In the mid-20th century, it was a common expectation that just about every working 20-something could purchase a home. That person was likely male, married, making an average wage and wasn’t college-educated. He was probably the sole breadwinner. Today, millennials are entering their 20s and 30s at a time when housing isn’t a given. Perhaps they lived with their parents after graduating college for a bit or have roommates well into their 30s. Being middle-class in the global economy is expensive — and millennials are changing housing trends because of it. USC Price faculty Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Richard Green and Dowell Myers examine these trends.

Faculty Research Update: January 2018

January 22, 2018

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research. Publications Michael Thom (2018). “Lights, Camera, but No Action? Tax and Economic Development Lessons From State Motion Picture Incentive Programs” American Review of Public Administration 48(1): 33 – 51. Ali Abbas, Jay Simon, and Chris Smith (2017). “Introduction to the Special Issue on Decision Analysis and Social Media” Decision Analysis, December 2017 Kenneth Fletcher, […]