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The USC Price Center for Social Innovation brings an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to social innovation research. Through relevant, rigorous research, Price Center faculty explore a variety of topics that seek to inform and advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families.

A Step Toward a Healthier South Los Angeles: Improving Student Food Options through Healthy Street Vendor Legalization


Year: 2016

Obesity, especially among children and adolescents, is a critical issue that marginalized urban communities nationwide confront. This article reports on the results of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) conducted regarding the reconsideration of a ban on sidewalk food vending in … Continue reading

Stepping Up: An empirical analysis of the use of social innovation in response to an economic recession

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy & Society

Year: 2015

Categorising organisations as either for-profit or nonprofit is a false dichotomy as existing for-profit firms are becoming more socially conscience while nonprofits are adopting profit-making activities to ensure their viability. This paper conceptualises the array of social practices as a … Continue reading

Place Based Initiatives in the Context of Public Policy and the Market: Moving to Higher Ground

The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Year: 2015

This monograph represents the culmination of a year long inquiry into the state of place-based initiatives. It draws upon the contributions of a cross-section of the foremost thought leaders in this field, many of whom have spent their entire careers … Continue reading

Mexican American Mobility: An Exploration of Wealth Accumulation Trajectories

Social Forces

Year: 2015

Mexican Americans are a large group whose mobility patterns can provide important insight into immigrant assimilation processes. It is well known that Mexicans have not attained economic parity with whites, but considerable debate exists about the degree to which Mexican … Continue reading

Ethnic Capitalists: How Race, Class, and Gender Shape Entrepreneurial Incorporation among Professional Latino/as

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Year: 2015

This paper examines how race, class, and gender intersect to shape professional Latinos’ entrepreneurial incorporation, as observed by the conditions that prompt professional Latinos to start a business, including access to capital and experiences with discrimination. In-depth interviews with professional … Continue reading

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