Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Research

The La Follette School of Public Affairs placed highly in new research-based rankings of public policy schools in the United States. Authors Elliott Ash and Miguel Urquiola used bibliographic databases to gather measures of the quality and quantity of publication output for approximately 5,000 faculty members at 44 of the top U.S. policy schools, including the La Follette School.

Four La Follette School faculty members have received funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition’s third round of awards.

Student-loan borrowers nudged to view their FICO Score had on average fewer past due accounts and a higher FICO Score one year later, a study by La Follette School Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien and colleagues shows.

La Follette School faculty member Rourke O’Brien will lead a webinar titled Does Knowing Your FICO Score Change Financial Behavior for UW–Madison’s Center for Financial Security on Tuesday, February 27.

Two La Follette School faculty members have received major awards from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Professor Maria Cancian received a Kellett Mid-Career Award, and Associate Professor J. Michael Collins received an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher received a $440,000 two-year grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the short- and long-term influences of school peers on childhood obesity and fitness in New York City.

La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher will give the next Crossroads of Ideas presentation at UW–Madison’s Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street.

The most recent issue of Focus, the flagship publication of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), features the work of four La Follette School faculty members, including University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

La Follette School Professor Susan Yackee and Harvard University’s Daniel Carpenter received a $142,388 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project on inequality in the political process and the resulting public policies – specifically, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010.

Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernström received a grant to measure the effects of introducing performance-pay contracts for citizen journalists in an online English-language news company in Kenya. The study will improve understanding of whether performance contracts increase profits and how they affect journalists’ output quality.

Page 1 of 29