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California mandates solar panels on all new homes by 2020

CBC Radio (Canada) quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why mandating solar panels for new housing in California may drive up housing costs. “I think mandates tend to be bad policy,” Green says. “If you make it more expensive to buy a new house, then rich people stay in old houses and…

What are ‘bias response teams’ and why are they at the center of a lawsuit over First Amendment rights?

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School and First Amendment rights on university campuses. A nonprofit civil liberties watchdog group filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan over its speech code, alleging it is unconstitutional.   Full article here

PIPE* Workshop: John Matsusaka, USC Marshall School of Business

The Power of Economic Interests Under Direct versus Representative Democracy The power of economic interest groups to influence policy outcomes is a common theme in economics and political science. Most theories posit that interest group power arises from the ability to influence elected or appointed government officials, that is, by exploiting the representative part of democracy.…

Radical Markets

In Radical Markets, Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl envision new rules for markets in order to limit the tyranny of monopolies and majority rule. Their aim, with 5 revolutionary ideas to cure what they see as the most important issue of our time: inequality.

What are some of these “radical” ideas, and does our panel think they are the revolutionary ideas we need?

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Bonus – Interview with E. Glen Weyl

An interview with one of the co-authors of Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, E. Glen Weyl. (Follow Glen on Twitter: @glenweyl)

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How College Grads Drive Up Urban Rents

The Atlantic’s “CityLab” highlighted a working paper by Richard Green, 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. Increased housing costs 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.