Entries by Simon Board

Racial Bias in Policing

In January 2017, Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions was asked about federal oversight of policing during his confirmation hearing before the Senate. He responded, “I think there is concern that good police officers and good departments can be sued by …

Allyson Benas

Allyson Benas, currently Head of Product at Holotech Studios, had many worlds to navigate before she levelled up to her current position. As Benas recounts, she started her first year as an undergraduate at UCLA open to the numerous opportunities

Digitization in the Film Industry

Technology standards play a central role in a broad array of industries: for example, AC in electric power distribution, FedACH for wire transfers in banking, USB for data transmission, MP3 for music distribution, and 4G LTE for mobile devices. What …

Greg Buonaccorsi

There’s a lot more that goes on at a Dodgers game than Clayton Kershaw striking out batters or employees serving hot dogs to spectators. Behind the scenes lies an intricate operation comprised of hard-working, innovative individuals collaborating to put on …

Kathryn Brewer

Kathryn-Brewer2“Kathryn, you’re in!” declared the UCLA admission officer as she immediately recognized the voice on the other side of the phone. Why could an admission officer, who dealt with thousands of students each year, recognize a voice so quickly? It …

The Cost of Bad Parents

Almost three million children in the U.S. have a parent in prison. Do these missing parents harm child development or, conversely, remove a negative influence?

Imprisoning a parent may have many effects on a child. On the negative side, parental …

Ben Klein on Harold Demsetz

Harold Demsetz, UCLA Professor of Economics since 1971, died on January 4, 2019 at the age of 88.  A grandchild of immigrants from eastern Europe, Harold grew up in a poor neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, where he …

In Memory of Harold Demsetz

Harold Demsetz was a Professor of Economics at UCLA from 1971 until his retirement (if he ever really retired). He was the Arthur Andersen Chair in Business Economics and chaired the UCLA Department of Economics from 1978-1980. He was also …