Breaking Down CA Prop 22

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12:00pm to 12:45pm

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Join the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences for a discussion around California Proposition 22, the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative. UC Irvine policy expert, Professor Jan Brueckner, will moderate a conversation between USC Price Professor, James Moore, and USC Price Ph.D. candidate, Zakhary Mallett. This discussion will provide an overview of Prop 22 and showcase opposing views.



Jim Moore, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Zakhary Mallett, Former governing board member of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Ph.D. Candidate at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Jan Brueckner, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California Irvine, School of Social Sciences


Jim Moore is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He received his B.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering and in Urban Planning from Northwestern University, his M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Northwestern and his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford. He specializes in transportation engineering, transportation systems and other infrastructure systems. He joined Northwestern's Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty in 1986, and transitioned to USC in 1988. He became chair of the USC Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2004, serving until 2010. He is Director of the Transportation Engineering program in the USC Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and served as Vice Dean for Academic Programs in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering from 2011 until 2017.  He has served as president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences’ (INFORMS) Transportation Science and Logistics Society, and President of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).


Zakhary Mallett is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning and Development at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.  His research is at the intersection of transportation finance, travel behavior and urban form.  He is especially interested in growing our understanding about the subsidies given to various forms of travel and the distributional and spatial development impacts these may produce – for example, if transportation subsidies disproportionately benefit certain travel groups at the expense of others or facilitate outward growth, and to what degree.  Prior to joining the Price School, Zakhary was an elected member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board of Directors, where he served for four years.  Just twenty-five years old at the time of his election, he remains the youngest person ever elected to the BART Board of Directors.  Zakhary also spent three-and-a-half years as a ridehail driver, so brings an insider’s perspective about the labor, travel behavior and land use impacts of ridehailing.


Jan Brueckner is Distinguised Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine.  He received a B.A. from UC Berkeley in 1972 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976, and was a long-time faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before coming to UCI in 2005.  He has served as visiting professor at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego, and has been a visiting scholar at many foreign universities. Brueckner has published extensively in the areas of urban economics, public economics, housing finance, and the economics of the airline industry.  He served as editor of the Journal of Urban Economics for 16 years and is currently a member of the editorial boards of 8 journals. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the US Department of Transportation, many of the major airlines and other organizations.


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