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L.A. Barometer survey
The LABarometer survey will regularly engage with the same group of Los Angeles County residents over time, tracking how their individual lives change in the face of L.A.’s dynamic environment. (Photo/iStock)

High cost of living dampens L.A. County residents’ attitudes

The new LABarometer from USC Dornsife’s Center for Economic and Social Research finds county residents less satisfied with their lives and less optimistic about the economy than people living elsewhere in the country.

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Intellectual Property Technology Law Clinic Law
Game developer and USC Cinematic Arts student Aimee Zhang poses with Jef Pearlman of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic and law students Austin Stenberg and Christine Cheung, clockwise from bottom left. (Photo/Tom Queally)

USC tech law clinic helps video game designers avoid intellectual property trouble

Thanks to USC Gould’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, game designers can learn how to factor copyright and fair use laws into their creative choices.

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polarization in politics
At what feels like a cultural and political turning point in America, the Center for the Political Future wants to reinforce the value of civilized dialogue between parties. (Illustration/Dennis Lan)

How the Center for the Political Future aims to unite a divided nation

How can a deeply polarized America be put back together? Experts at USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future are preparing the next generation of political leaders to listen, learn and respect the truth.

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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.