Independents exist, but Republican and Democratic officials like a two-party system

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. Election laws vary greatly from state to state in everything from open/closed primaries to ballot qualifications, but…

Here Are the Housing Markets That Are Going to Get Hammered by the Republican Tax Plan

Slate quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on how the Republican tax reform bill may negatively impact homeownership in California, but would not be catastrophic. Because they’re designed to cap popular deductions that benefit homeowners and limit the number of itemizers, the Republican tax bills are expected to put a dent in house…

Cuts to Homeowner Tax Breaks Could Cost Republicans in 2018 Races

The New York Times (in a Reuters story) quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on how the Republican-backed tax reform bill could negatively impact homeowners. Yun says his analysis suggests curbing the mortgage interest deduction would lead to as much as an 8 percent drop in housing values nationwide, and cutting property tax…

USC program aims to help LAPD officers build trust, de-escalate encounters with homeless, mentally ill

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. “We think we’re engaged in the single most unique experiment in the…

For tenants on the edge, paying the rent often takes more than half their income

Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why declining incomes do not result in lower rents. In theory, rent growth shouldn’t consistently soar past gains in income. But Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, said his research shows that while rising incomes push rents up, when…

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

By Matthew Kredell

Nearly 20 years ago, Stanford Professor Keith Krehbiel wrote a book showing that political parties are less important in legislative-executive politics than previously thought — challenging previous assumptions of American politics and influencing the work of many up-and-coming scholars. USC Price School of Public Policy Provost Professor Jeffery Jenkins was completing graduate school when Krehbiel released Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking in 1998.

The Bloomberg 50 most influential in global business, 2017

Bloomberg:  From finance and politics to tech and entertainment, these people defined global business in 2017. Raphael Bostic PRESIDENT AND CEO, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA While in the Obama administration, the University of Southern California economist fought housing discrimination against gays and racial minorities; he broke barriers when he was appointed by the board…

Trump could dramatically reshape the civil service, if he wanted to

The Washington Post published commentary by Kathleen Doherty of the USC Price School on the impact President Donald Trump may have on the civil service sector. Doherty and her colleagues examined whether extreme partisanship was more likely to drive career civil servants out of the industry. Since civil servants are leaving at a higher rate…

Will 2018 Be a Year of Rent-Control Revolt in L.A.?

LA Weekly cited research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on rising rents expected in Los Angeles County over the next two years. The Los Angeles Metro area has the second-highest rate of “cost-burdened” renters in the country, according to a recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Being cost-burdened means…

Welcome to the crisis: Your frequently asked California housing questions answered

Los Angeles Daily News (in a CALmatters story) quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center about the California housing crisis and what a healthy vacancy rate would be for rental units. Vacancy rates are kind of like unemployment rates or even inflation, says Richard Green, director of the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center…