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Matthew Kahn is currently a visiting professor of economics and spatial sciences at USC Dornsife but will come onboard full-time in August 2016. Photo courtesy of Matthew Kahn.

New faculty member brings passion for environmental economics

January 21, 2016

When Matthew Kahn was nine years old, in the early 1970s, he wrote a letter to then-President Gerald Ford to inquire about the details of Ford’s “Whip Inflation Now” economic program. “At a very young…

USC Dornsife alumnus Doug Hauck, left, works alongside his assistant winemaker to push down grapes during the fermentation process at Midnight Cellars Winery & Vineyard. Photo credit ©Mark Rightmire, <em>The Orange County Register</em>.

Dentist-turned-vintner turns a dream into reality

January 19, 2016

When I spoke with Doug Hauck recently, he was in the middle of two crown appointments, a couple of teeth cleanings and an implant at his Newport Beach dental office. All in a day’s work for the USC Dornsife alumnus,…

Alumnus Albert Lee draws parallels between teaching and consulting. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Modeling the Future

November 5, 2015

As an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and economics at USC Dornsife, Albert Lee tutored some of USC’s best known athletes, including Olympian volleyball players Nick Becker and Brian Ivie, and NFL quarterback Todd…

Gridlock Solvers

Gridlock Solvers

October 8, 2015

It probably does not come as a major shock that results of a USC Dornsife/California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Times poll released Oct. 7 reveal traffic and congestion to be the point of greatest concern among L.A.…

Failure can be a rewarding experience if the brain is allowed to learn from mistakes. Photo by istock.

Rewards of Failure

August 26, 2015

Many political leaders, scientists, educators and parents believe that failure is the best teacher. Scientists have long understood that the brain has two ways of learning. One is avoidance learning, which is a punishing,…

Illustrations by Nigel Buchanan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Great Explorers

June 1, 2015

Although born generations apart, Virginia Carter and Alexia Tsotsis let their passions be their guide and broke through in male-dominated fields. Carter earned her wings in the aerospace industry before taking an unexpected…

Center for Economic and Social Research

Center for Economic and Social Research

March 3, 2015

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet.

USC Dornsife’s Jacob Soll told those attending the Linda and Harlan Martens Economic History Forum that early modern economic history can help us understand and make sense of the biggest problems facing us today. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Money Talks

February 24, 2015

In 1778, British Whig politician and statesman Edmund Burke flung the estimates of his country’s Naval expenditures — the so-called “Naval Extraordinaries” —  across the floor of the House of…

Manuel Pastor (seated) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left: Michael Quick, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Patricia and Gerald Turpanjian, the chair’s donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

The People’s Academic

February 9, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor made three pledges for how he will serve the USC — and greater Los…

The new international relations and the global economy major gives students an opportunity to build a foundation in economic and international relations theories as well as statistics.

Big Picture Economics

January 21, 2015

A new major combines two of USC Dornsife’s most popular majors: international relations and economics — two disciplines that go hand-in-hand. “Each informs the other,” said Ben Graham, assistant…