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Los Angeles has three big problems

Edward Leamer: This weakness in job formation isn't going away.
Mona Simpson
Mona Simpson: The cost of college in the real world Simpson looks back on her precarious financial status at UC Berkeley.
Gene D. Block
Don't let online education widen the digital divide We need to proceed cautiously, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block writes.
  • A new housing bubble?

    A new housing bubble?

    April 24, 2014

    Analysis finds home prices are rising at an unsustainable rate and that many mortgages would not perform well under economic stress.

  • Forecast director: L.A. has three big problems

    Forecast director: L.A. has three big problems

    April 17, 2014

    Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, evaluates the factors that have stunted the growth of the Los Angeles job market over the past several decades.

  • An Army base isn't as safe as you think

    An Army base isn't as safe as you think

    April 17, 2014

    A military veteran and former foster youth, Mike Stajura, a UCLA doctoral student, finds that the Fort Hood community is no different than other places in America that have experienced the violence of mass shootings.

  • Medieval literature professor's new book explores a forgotten assassination

    Medieval literature professor's new book explores a forgotten assassination

    April 15, 2014

    'Blood Royals' by UCLA's Eric Jager tells the story of a gory murder and its incredible investigation in 15th century Paris.

  • The cost of college in the real world

    The cost of college in the real world

    April 08, 2014

    Mona Simpson looks back on her precarious financial status at UC Berkeley and her beginnings as a writer.

  • Choosing what to photograph is a form of speech

    Choosing what to photograph is a form of speech

    April 04, 2014

    Increasingly, legislative and judicial actions sacrifice individual rights at the altar of anti-discrimination law, the authors argue.

  • Don't let online education widen the digital divide

    Don't let online education widen the digital divide

    March 31, 2014

    We need to proceed cautiously, says UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, lest low-income students are forced into online degree programs as the only affordable option.

  • Q&A: A labor expert on the new Cesar Chavez biopic

    Q&A: A labor expert on the new Cesar Chavez biopic

    March 26, 2014

    Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, project director with the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education where he teaches classes in labor studies, talks about the first biopic to feature iconic Chicano labor leader Cesar Chavez.

  • Remember when trans fats were supposed to be good for you?

    Remember when trans fats were supposed to be good for you?

    March 25, 2014

    William J. McCarthy, UCLA adjunct professor of public health, writes about the failed experiment to improve on Mother Nature’s options for fatty food by using “healthier” trans fat.

  • Colorado cyberbullying legislation violates free speech

    Colorado cyberbullying legislation violates free speech

    March 25, 2014

    UCLA's Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, says that the Colorado law is ill-defined and wide open to arbitrary enforcement.

  • Will the Supreme Court license anti-gay discrimination?

    Will the Supreme Court license anti-gay discrimination?

    March 24, 2014

    Granting businesses a religious exemption from offering health care plans that cover birth control, says UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, would open the door to religious-based discrimination against LGBT people.

  • Obama should immediately halt deportations

    Obama should immediately halt deportations

    March 20, 2014

    President Obama should exercise his executive privileges by halting deportations and providing immediate relief to the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows.

  • Yes, corporations are people

    Yes, corporations are people

    March 18, 2014

    UCLA law professor Adam Winkler argues that Hobby Lobby should lose its challenge to Obamacare at the Supreme Court, because corporations have some personal rights.

  • Your toddler may soon be fat again

    Your toddler may soon be fat again

    March 17, 2014

    It becomes difficult to rely on the right public policy measures when we're not able to isolate precisely why our population’s weight skyrocketed at the end of the 20th century and has since stabilized.

  • Support for same-sex marriage is increasing faster than ever before

    March 14, 2014

    Andrew Flores is the Public Opinion Project director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Ph.D candidate of political science at UC Riverside. This commentary appeared in the March 19, 2014, edition of the Washington...

  • Common Core fails to prepare students to be citizens

    Common Core fails to prepare students to be citizens

    March 14, 2014

    Postdoctoral scholar Nicole Mirra questions claims that the Common Core emphasizes civic responsibility and looks at what the new standards are really doing to prepare students to be citizens.

  • Whose version of 'diversity' did the Oscars celebrate?

    Whose version of 'diversity' did the Oscars celebrate?

    March 07, 2014

    Hollywood serves as the guardian of public accolades for excellence in film and representation. Yet, its gatekeepers are still overwhelmingly white, male and old, while the world it seeks to depict is the opposite.

  • Cinco de Mayo: Just as American as Mexican

    Cinco de Mayo: Just as American as Mexican

    March 05, 2014

    A recent court ruling banning San Jose high school students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo prompted David Hayes-Bautista to write about the roots of Cinco de Mayo, which is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday.

  • Memoirs of slaves helped frame debate in California's history

    Memoirs of slaves helped frame debate in California's history

    March 03, 2014

    Brenda E. Stevenson is professor of history at UCLA. She is the past chair of the history department and past chair of Afro-American Studies. Her books include the award-winning "Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South" and...

  • The racism that changed my life

    The racism that changed my life

    February 28, 2014

    D’Artagnan Scorza is the founder and executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute in Inglewood, Calif. Scorza obtained a Ph.D. in education from UCLA, along with a B.A. in religion. He is currently a 2013-14 BALLE Fellow....

  • Right climate for incentives

    Right climate for incentives

    February 26, 2014

    Matthew Kahn is a professor of public policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs as well as the Department of Economics and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He is also research director at the Ziman Center for Real Estate at...

  • Open carry policies may work in gun control's favor

    Open carry policies may work in gun control's favor

    February 24, 2014

    Adam Winkler is a professor of law at UCLA School of Law and the author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America." This op-ed appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 23. What's...

  • Reducing water spent on irrigation

    Reducing water spent on irrigation

    February 24, 2014

    Stephanie Pincetl (left) is director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Terri Hogue is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and the associate...

  • Understanding how people 'see' race could save lives

    Understanding how people 'see' race could save lives

    February 21, 2014

    Phillip Goff is an assistant psychology professor at UCLA and director of the university’s Center for Policing Equity. Sherrilyn Ifill is president of NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Goff is leading a project to create the...

  • Illusionary retirement accounts

    Illusionary retirement accounts

    February 21, 2014

    Shlomo Benartzi is professor and co-chair of the behavioral decision-making group at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and chief behavioral economist of the Allianz Global Investors Center for Behavioral Finance. This op-ed appeared Feb. 20,...

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