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September 13th – Dowell Myers

Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California

Has the Surge of Millennials Ended in LA and What Happens Next?

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Seminar Description:  Where do Millennials come from, where are they going, and how long will they last? The great surge of Millennials that inundated LA in the last decade has been a tremendous boon.  Growing numbers of young adults have revitalized neglected areas and invigorated the restaurant, food truck, and bar sector of the urban economy.  But they have also flooded the rental housing market and pushed out working class Angelenos.  These Millennials also comprise the cutting-edge workforce for the future and are helping to invigorate a new economy in LA.  As their occupational careers evolve, what will follow for their residential attainments?

Recent research is illuminating the dynamic trajectories of Millennial change.  Adult careers were stunted by the Great Recession, which has finally begun to loosen its grip.  Meanwhile all the individual Millennials have grown a decade older since 2006. What is next for those who are now entering their 30s, and what does it mean for their changing demands on the housing market?

Dowell Myers will present key findings from his latest research, some newly published in Cityscape, or Housing Policy Debate, and others held in limbo awaiting approval by sponsors or regulatory bodies. Myers is a professor of policy, planning, and demography in the USC Price School.

Speaker Biography: bat the University of Southern California. He is a demographer and urban planner who integrates quantitative evidence with interpretations of problems and policy solutions. His research emphasizes the linkage of demographic data (census, surveys, and projections) to future trends in housing, workforce, education, taxpaying, voting, and immigration. His recent focus is construction of narratives that promote greater public understanding about pressing issues that affect our common future

Discussant: Discussant for this seminar is Ann Owens, assistant professor of sociology at USC, who is a highly regarded scholar of social inequality, with a focus on urban neighborhoods, housing, education, and geographic and social mobility.

Full-length Recordings: Recordings will be available on YouTube and iTunesU one or two weeks after the seminar.

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