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During a time of great uncertainty and rapid change, connection and information is a more important resource than ever before. Today's issues could be amplified or 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.

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 policy, real estate, urban economics and more.

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


Latest Perspectives

How Cities are Adapting in Times of Crisis

April 9, 2020
Richard Florida
Richard Florida | Author, Thought-Leader, Researcher, and Editor-at-Large, CityLab

Author and CityLab Editor-at-Large Richard Florida discusses possible changes to the urban landscape in the near and distant future after COVID-19. Lusk Director Richard K. Green fields questions involving which cities might change the most, the possible slowdown of urbanization, and who might reconsider density in the future.

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Price Talks: Impact of the Pandemic on the Economy

April 14, 2020
Richard Green
Richard Green | Professor and Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy presents Price Talks: Policy in a Pandemic, a virtual series examining policy challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic. Richard Green offers economic analyis on the market and federal interventions since the onset of COVID-19 in the US.

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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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