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Resources for COVID-19 and Beyond

During a time of great uncertainty and change, connection and information is a more important resource than ever before. Today's problems could be amplified or completely altered in a matter of days or hours, so it is vital that organizations and thought leaders frequently share knowledge, dispel rumors, and offer insight.

To meet this need, the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate launches the resource Lusk Perspectives.

Hosted by Professor and Lusk Center Director Richard K. Green, Lusk Perspectives offers timely analysis and shares accurate data vetted by leading experts on the latest developments and observations concerning COVID-19.

Once interviews are conducted, resources and videos will be made available here and on podcast channels as soon as possible.

 

Latest Perspectives

Ivy Zelman on Housing

April 20, 2020
Ivy Zelman
Ivy Zelman | CEO, Zelman & Associates

Expert analyst Ivy Zelman delivers a presentation on her latest data regarding changes in the housing market and COVID-19. Her in-depth analysis includes reflections on the similarities between the current downturn and the 2008 recession aftermath, with a few key differences. Host Richard Green fields questions on where housing might be headed next.

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Vulnerabilities of the Mortgage System

April 22, 2020
Edward Golding
Edward Golding | Executive Director MIT Golub Center for Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management
Laurie Goodman
Laurie Goodman | Vice President Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute
Ted Tozer
Ted Tozer | Senior Fellow Housing Finance Program, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute

Richard Green moderates a panel discussing vulnerabilities of funding and processes in today’s mortgage system as those inefficiencies may impact homeowners, mortgage holders, and renters during COVID-19. Laurie Goodman, Ted Tozer, and Edward Golding offer lessons learned from the Great Recession and observations on what changes could be made to improve the rate of economic recovery as shelter in place orders are gradually lifted.

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Understanding the CARES Act with Claudia Sahm

April 27, 2020
Claudia Sahm
Claudia Sahm | Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Claudia Sahm offers her views on the current recession as well as options for a few paths forward. Sahm also lays out the timeline of congressional legislation and federal actions thus far in response to COVID-19, and she discusses how sees those actions in comparison to the Great Recession of 2008. 

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A Long Time Until the Economic New Normal

April 29, 2020
Alec Levenson
Alec Levenson | Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, USC Marshall School of Business

Alec Levenson discusses how organizations should temper their expecations and prepare for the path to economic recovery. Levenson points out modifications to in the gig economy, labor market regulations, and face-to-face work will undoubtedly require behavioral adjustments and changes in productivity. Richard Green fields questions on the new role that private business or government will have in contact tracing, what long-term sustainability means for businesses, and how travel might function in the future.

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Impact of the Pandemic on the Economy - Part II

May 5, 2020
Richard Green
Richard Green | Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy presents a follow up to Price Talks: Policy in a Pandemic.

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