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Economic Inclusion and Climate Equity

January 2018

By Jennifer Ito, Justin Scoggins, Pamela Stephens, and Manuel Pastor

Please note: reports dated earlier than June 2020 were published under our previous names: the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) or the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).

Since we published Getting Real About Reform, the commercial and industrial real estate market has continued to recover from the downturn triggered by the 2008 financial crisis.

To reflect more recent real estate market trends, we have updated our analysis with assessor roll data current through December 2016. With data on more recent sales, we have updated our analysis of disparities between market and assessed values for all commercial and industrial properties (excluding agriculture and all residential uses including multi-family) statewide and for every county. We now estimate that an additional 11.4 billion dollars, or between 10.8 and 12.0 billion dollars, in property tax revenues would be generated statewide in 2019-20 if all commercial and industrial property were assessed at market value.

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    Immigrant Integration & Racial Justice

    Our work on immigrant integration and racial justice brings together three emphases: scholarship that draws on academic theory and rigorous research, data that provides information structured to highlight the process of immigrant integration over time, and engagement that seeks to create new dialogues with government, community organizers, business and civic leaders, immigrants and the voting public to advance immigrant integration and racial equity.

    Economic Inclusion & Climate Equity

    In the area of economic inclusion, we at ERI advance academic theory and practical applications linking economic growth, environmental quality, and civic health with bridging of racial and other gaps; produce accessible and actionable data and analysis through the data tools; and establish research partnerships to deepen and advance the dialogue, planning, and actions around racial equity, environmental justice, and the built environment.

    Social Movements & Governing Power

    ERI’s work in the area of governing power includes: conducting cross-disciplinary studies of today’s social movements, supporting learning and strategizing efforts to advance dialogues among organizers, funders, intermediaries, evaluators, and academics, and developing research-based social change frameworks and tools to inform—and be informed by—real-world, real-time efforts towards a vision of deep change.

    Publications Directory

    In 2020, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) merged to form the USC Equity Research Institute (ERI).

    The full list of publications published under our previous and current names can be found in our publications directory.

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