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Subjective well-being refers to a person’s happiness or satisfaction with life. Photo by Richard Walker.

Scientists identify genes connected to well-being, depression and neuroticism

May 18, 2016

An international group of more than 190 scientists who analyzed the genomes of nearly 300,000 individuals have found genetic variants that may influence our sense of well-being, depression and neuroticism. The study is one of…

The two-day USC Global Leadership Summit addressed how European governments should proceed in the wake of Greece’s debt crisis. Photo by Darrin S. Joy.

Global economics experts discuss path to progress after European financial crisis

May 6, 2016

The USC Global Leadership Summit — held April 29-30 at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on USC’s University Park campus — was a two-day conference featuring leading economic experts discussing the pathway to…

While many college students may not yet be responsible for paying taxes, economics lecturer Ladan Masoudie stresses that there are steps all young adults should take to to be proactive about financial security.

9 ways college students can improve their financial literacy

April 12, 2016

April 15 is a date etched in all adult Americans’ calendars and minds; however, many college students are still free from the burden of filing tax returns.  While some students may not need to face this…

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.