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Airbnb rent increase research
USC researchers found that areas with an increase in Airbnb listings also had a small increase in rental rates and housing prices. The impact may be worse in cities like Los Angeles with a high demand for housing and limited rental availabilities. (Photo/Ryan Kim, Airbnb)

How much does Airbnb really affect rents and housing prices?

Research indicates that Airbnb is increasing rent and housing prices in certain areas, including Los Angeles. USC professors weigh in on how cities — and the company itself — can set rules that will benefit local communities.

Policy/Law
New committee to advise on federal environmental policy
In response to the number of regulatory modifications under consideration at the EPA, the newly created External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will offer recommendations related to federal environmental policy. (Photo/iStock)

USC economist named to new independent committee focused on U.S. environmental policy

Antonio Bento, professor of public policy and economics at the USC Price School of Public Policy, was named an inaugural member of the executive committee of the new research entity.

HealthPolicy/Law
Affordable drug policy
Sovaldi, shown here packaged for sale in France, is a hepatitis C treatment that is has gotten good results but costs up to $84,000 for a 12-week treatment in the United States. (Photo/Shutterstock)

A new way to pay for innovative drugs, provide universal access — and not break the bank

USC’s Neeraj Sood backs a novel approach in which a state contracts with a single manufacturer for a specific drug at a fixed rate, then can obtain as many pills as it needs. Louisiana is putting it to the test.

Policy/LawScience/Technology
Using technology to fight genocide: Myanmar
Andrew Marx and his team used smallsat imagery to analyze minority Rohingya villages in Myanmar such as the one burned in 2017, top, while neighboring Rakhine villages, below, were left intact. (Image/Courtesy of Andrew Marx)

Scientists use satellite technology to detect and ultimately prevent genocide

At USC Dornsife’s Spatial Sciences Institute, Andrew Marx uses satellites and data such as crowdsourced mapping to analyze and inform human migration and refugee policy.