Hooked in Hospitals: Many Medicare Patients Received First Painkillers There

Understanding the context of opioid providing, provider patterns, and patient behavior is the first step to developing policies that will adequately halt this pressing public health crisis. Two studies co-written by Schaeffer Center researchers analyze this context within the Medicare population. (more…)

The Association between Personality Traits and Voting Intentions in the 2016 Presidential Election

Analysis of survey data shows that personality has a strong, significant association with voting intentions, even when controlling for factors such as age, race, gender, socio-economic status and prior voting behavior. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 1

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers.  (more…)

The Daybreak Presidential Poll: Voter Preference and Intensity in the 2016 Election

The USC Dornsife/LA Times “Daybreak” presidential poll has caused much controversy in the mainstream political community since its initial release. Unlike most traditional election polls, the goal of the Daybreak poll is to determine not only voter preferences in the 2016 presidential race but the intensity of those preferences by asking respondents to indicate which candidate they are likely to vote for as well as how committed (on a scale of 0-100) they are to support that candidate.  (more…)

Financial Education Interventions Targeting Immigrants and Children of Immigrants

Immigrants and their children in the US who receive financial education targeted at their specific needs demonstrably improve their financial literacy, but these gains in knowledge do not persist for long. (more…)

To Prevent Another EpiPen Controversy, the Government Should Step In

The real problem is with lax regulatory oversight that doesn’t ensure an adequate supply of drugs critical to population health and opens the door to shocking price increases.  (more…)

A New Look at an Old Question: Does Where You Live Influence Your Body Weight?

Does where you live influence your weight? A panel study of Military Teenagers (MTEENS) finds that what parents have available at home may make a bigger impact. (more…)

Can Shopping Around for Prescriptions Save Money?

Research conducted by USC Price MPP students found huge variation in prescription drug prices when shopping around at pharmacies in the LA area.  Based on their experience, they recommend four strategies consumers should use to get the lowest price. (more…)

Affordable Care Act Premiums are Lower Than You Think

Though news stories have focused on premium increases, analysis shows the ACA marketplaces have been successful in lowering premiums for consumers while simultaneously providing better insurance. This blog post is part of the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. (more…)

The Gateway to Global Aging

The Gateway to Global Aging is a platform for population survey data on aging around the world. This site offers a digital library of survey questions, a search for finding comparable questions across surveys, and identically defined variables for cross-country analysis. (more…)

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