Bedrosian Center

Benjamin Robinson

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Benjamin Robinson is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the USC Price School of Public Policy.  From his undergraduate career at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a B.A. in Economics and Urban Studies, to his time at USC, Benjamin has held a deep interest in policy analysis, research, and quantitative approaches to analyzing urban areas and policies. This is part of why he is so excited to be at USC Price and the Bedrosian Center in particular.  A strong commitment exists here to studying urban issues and working to promote effective policies to improve quality of life with Los Angeles as our laboratory.

Benjamin’s interest in research was sparked when he received a summer research fellowship to develop an econometric model to analyze the economic impact of remediating and redeveloping a brownfield site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His research detailed the benefits gained by recycling contaminated land and changing its use to benefit surrounding communities. This study was published in the Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly and written up as an Op-Ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the region’s leading newspaper.  In addition, Benjamin has worked as an independent researcher for the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, assessing the impact of the organization’s workforce development programs for disadvantaged youth in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He hopes to apply all these skills and improve his understanding of Los Angeles, housing issues, and quantitative methodologies while working for Dr. Raphael Bostic.

Publications:

Turning land from brown to green: Pittsburgh’s reuse of industrial sites is a story worth telling
October 14, 2012 12:08 am Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Brownfield, Greenfield: A Hedonic Estimation of the Remediation and Redevelopment of the Slag Heap at Nine Mile Run
June 2012 Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly

 

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