Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Poverty

More than 60 people attended each of four recent Town Hall meetings on key election issues with University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members. The meetings in Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, were sponsored by UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Five La Follette School faculty members and several faculty affiliates presented their work on a wide range of issues at the 2016 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C.

A group of researchers, including Tim Smeeding of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is proposing a universal monthly child allowance to eliminate extreme poverty among families with children in the United States.

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which includes several La Follette School faculty members as affiliates, has been awarded a five-year, $9.5 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center. The award comes as IRP marks its 50th year of examining the causes of poverty and inequality in the United States and approaches to reduce them.

September 12, 2016

Jordan Krieger, MPA

I hope to use the analytical and management skills I learn at La Follette to fight for opportunity and economic mobility.

The cover story for the September 2 issue of Newsweek magazine features research by La Follette School Professor Barbara Wolfe and faculty affiliate Seth Pollak. Their report “Association of Child Poverty, Brain Development, and Academic Achievement” is cited as one of two studies that “cracked open a public conversation” on the influence of poverty on children’s learning and achievement.

Researchers studying the economic and policy forces that affect Wisconsin poverty released their latest results, which show that although employment rose by almost 60,000 jobs in the state, there was no reduction in poverty. Instead, poverty remained unchanged from 2013 to 2014 at 10.8 percent.

La Follette School Professor Timothy Smeeding and Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), will discuss bipartisan anti-poverty proposals from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Discovery Building).

In this policy brief, Barbara Wolfe shares recent research evidence on the connections between low income and poor health in the United States.

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