Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

How does poverty shape life chances? What explains the rise in income inequality in recent decades? How do government policies and programs shape individual and family well-being?

La Follette School faculty engage with these questions by analyzing the structural and behavioral determinants of poverty and inequality as well examining the efficacy of government policies and programs across a range of substantive areas including housing, education, welfare, consumer finance and tax policy.

La Follette students are equipped with the analytic tools and substantive knowledge necessary to identify the root causes of social problems and to design and evaluate effective policy interventions.

This work is enhanced by the Institute for Research on Poverty, a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison comprising renowned poverty scholars on campus and around the world.

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Health consequences of the US Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration programme: a quasi-experimental study

Economic Mobility and the Mortality Crisis among US Middle-Aged Whites

The Implications of Unintended Pregnancies for Mental Health in Later Life

Housing Policy Debate, Rolling the Dice on Foreclosure Prevention: Differences across Mortgage Servicers in Loan Modifications and Loan Cure Rates