PEPL at the intersections of politics, economics and the law

by Janna Rezaee

This past June, I co-organized the Political Economy and Public Law (PEPL) conference here at USC with my colleague, Abby Wood. The goal of this small conference is to strengthen the connections between legal scholars and social scientists doing work at the intersection of politics, economics, and law.

This was the tenth annual PEPL conference. Prior to USC, PEPL has been held at Cornell, New York University, University of Rochester, Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Virginia, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago.

The Great American Housing Finance System and the Role of the Federal Government

Housing is local, but money is global. What is the best way to allocate our resources toward housing affordability? How far are we from that goal? How do we even agree on what affordability means?

In this episode, our resident housing finance expert Richard K. Green will walk us step-by-step through these winding routes we’ve constructed to access the American dream.

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Transit-Oriented Development

People are moving back into the cities. But where should they go? In an age of congested freeways and greenhouse gas emissions, gentrification and concentrated poverty, suburban sprawl and all sorts of inequality, where is the best place to build, to live, to walk, and to shop? One answer has been touted to address all those problems: near public transit. In this episode, we define, describe, and debate “transit-oriented development” with Seva Rodnyansky.

We need female leaders

In her latest blog post, Jue Song, discusses how representation of women in leadership roles is important.

Women have a proven track of record of excellent leadership. For example, research has shown that in India, the number of drinking water projects in women-led areas was 62% higher than in those with men-led councils. Similarly, a direct positive causal relationship between the presence of women in municipal councils and childcare coverage was found in Norway.

Cheers to Raphael Bostic, who will serve as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

We are pleased to congratulate Professor Raphael Bostic on his appointment as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. This appointment is felt by our community as both as a significant gain for the Federal Reserve and the southeastern region (given Raphael’s combination of policy experience, government service, and his distinguished academic record) and…

Our American Discourse

Great knowledge need not wither on the academic vine. We bring you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time. In their research, we find wisdom. In their voice, hope.

Hosted by Anthony W. Orlando, Our American Discourse reminds us that we’re never too different to learn from each other, nor too divided to find common ground.

Listen to the individual episodes on the Our American Discourse page, or subscribe at iTunes, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

The Affordable Housing Crisis

Our first episode of the Our American Discourse podcast, features a conversation with Raphael W. Bostic. We confront the affordable housing crisis.

Throughout the country, Americans are moving into the cities, and construction isn’t keeping up. Rents are rising faster than incomes. Housing costs are eating away an increasing share of the average family’s budget. Without sufficient renewal, the existing housing stock is aging, and the quality is declining. Affordability has reached crisis levels.

Trump’s affect on the economy

Raphael Bostic joined KPCC’s Take Two roundtable discussion along with other economic experts discussing the new president’s affect on the economy.  In terms of low-income housing pre-Trump, there was investment of federal money in housing assistance.  Without the funds, there is a domino effect on the difficulties that will cause on those with low incomes. If those go away, it…

Daily Trojan quotes Bostic in “USC studies impact of housing prices on businesses”

Raphael Bostic, Bedrosian Chair in Governance, was quoted by the Daily Trojan regarding a recent study which looks at the impact of affordable housing on Los Angeles businesses. Preliminary findings of the study, which have already been released, were presented last Friday at the Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit to show the issues ahead of…