PS You’re Busted: How bridging silos in research & practice can impact human trafficking irl

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks about human trafficking with Greg DeAngelo, Associate Professor of Economic Studies at Claremont Graduate University. How does an economist get data on human trafficking, and other black market enterprises? What are the pressing questions law enforcement have that academics could help?

America, Heck Yeah! Public Schools & Baseball

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and D. Roderick (Rod) Kiewiet, Professor of Political Science at Caltech, break down the long standing myth of the equalizing force of public education. We hold the idea that public schools present Americans with equal opportunity. Kiewiet gets to the reality through public school funding in California compared to the nation.

Edwin Bender column: Wanted: civic courage

Richmond Times-Dispatch cited research by Abby Wood (USC Gould) and colleagues that found disclosure of signatures on a ballot measures does not chill free speech. New cutting-edge studies by scholars, including Abby Wood of University of Southern California and Douglas Spencer of the University of Connecticut, are beginning to provide the type of evidence Justice Thomas…

The Growing Risks of Cyber Crime

We live in a world that is increasingly interconnected and reliant upon the Internet and computer softwares, and the digital universe is endlessly expanding with new information and devices. Cybersecurity resources must attempt to keep up with and protect the increasingly complex cyberspace as new devices and technology networks are digitally connected.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

In this inaugural edition of the Bedrosian Book Club podcast, four of our faculty discussed Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, the French economics book on inequality that is taking the world by storm. Already 9 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list, the book looks at the history of wealth distribution and predicts worsening inequality. The faculty discuss this 600 page behemoth in two parts.

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Statistician-journalist Nate Silver headlines USC Price Holt Lecture

September 26, 2013 Nate Silver detailed his transformation from ordinary statistician to modern-day election soothsayer in front of a USC audience Sept. 20 as part of the Dennis F. and Brooks Holt Distinguished Lecture Series, offered by the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. Silver runs the…