Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison published a 16-page Highlights report in early October. The document showcases the many achievements of the school’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff during 2016 and 2017.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client-based projects for students in its Workshop in Public Affairs and Workshop in International Public Affairs courses. Applications for domestic and international projects from public, nonprofit, or private-sector organizations are due November 17. Alumni are encouraged to apply.

La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer has published a new book, Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis: Benefit Validity When Sovereign Consumers Seem to Make Mistakes. He has written, co-authored, or edited more than a dozen books, including two that have made important contributions to public policy education.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will discuss his pioneering research that explores the integration of sociology and genetics – sometimes called socio-genomics – in Green Bay on October 24 and in Madison on November 5.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is hosting a reception for alumni, friends, faculty, students, and staff Thursday, November 2 at Club Quarters, 75 East Wacker Drive. Earlier that day, a group of students will participate in the La Follette in Chicago career development program.

Associate Professor J. Michael Collins of UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and School of Human Ecology, received the inaugural Ketchum Prize from the FINRA Foundation in September. He was honored for his outstanding service and research to advance investor protection and financial capability in the United States.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd will discuss the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), a long-term examination of a random sample of 10,317 people who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 26 at UW–Madison’s Discovery Building. Herd is principal investigator of the WLS and director of the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at UW–Madison.

La Follette School Director and Professor Don Moynihan will give a keynote presentation at the 10th annual Public Performance Conference in Boston on September 29. He also recently published a paper on public-sector performance measurement.

Professor Menzie Chinn of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and UW–Madison’s Department of Economics on Saturday presented a paper about global current account imbalances during the influential Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

A study by La Follette School Associate Professor Greg Nemet and European colleagues shows that in 2050, the percentage of solar energy worldwide could be three times higher than previously projected. The study by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) shows that costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed.

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