Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Robert Haveman

Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Economics
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty

Robert Haveman
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Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Madison, WI 53706-1211

Current CV

Robert Haveman is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Affairs and Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty. He is also Adjunct Professor of Economics at University of Melbourne (AU). He has published widely in public finance, the economics of environmental and natural resources policy, benefit-cost analysis, and the economics of poverty and social policy. Publications include Succeeding Generations: On the Effects of Investments in Children (with Barbara Wolfe), Russell Sage Foundation, 1994, and Human Capital in the United States from 1975 to 2000: Patterns of Growth and Utilization (with Andrew Bershadker and Jonathan A. Schwabish), Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2003.

Projects include estimating the adequacy of savings of older workers at and during retirement, assessing the impact of health shocks on the assets of retirees, evaluating the impacts of the Section 8 housing voucher program, and analyzing the methods for assessing the employment effects of public policy measures. He is an award-winning teacher, who continues to teach at the La Follette School, of which he was Director from 1988 to 1991. He was Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 1971 to 1975, and Chair of the Department of Economics from 1993-1996.

Professor Haveman has served as Senior Economist, Subcommittee on Economy in Government, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress. He was a Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation in 1991-92, Research Associate at Resources for the Future in 1964-65 and 1999-1970, Fulbright Siena Professor in 2003, and Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in 1975–76, 1996–97, 1996-97, and 2007. His work has appeared in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of the American Statistical Association.

He received his doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University.


“US Health Care Reform: A Primer and An Assessment.” (with Barbara Wolfe), CESifo DICE Report. Winter, 2010.

Labor Expenditures and Benefit-Cost Accounting in Times of Unemployment.” (with Scott Farrow). Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Vol. 2 (2), 2011.

“Long-term Effects of Public Low-income Housing Vouchers on Neighborhood Quality and Household Composition. (with Deven Carlson, Thomas Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe). Journal of Housing Economics. Vol. 21 (2), 2012, Pages 101-120. 

“Intergenerational Mobility in the United States and Great Britain: A Comparative Study of Parent–Child Pathways.” (with Jo Blanden, Timothy Smeeding, and Kathryn Wilson) Review of Income and Wealth. Vol.58 (1), 2013, Pages 1-25. 

Principles to Guide the Development of Population Health Incentives.” Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy. Vol. 7 (5), 2010.

Do Housing Vouchers Work?Pathways. Spring 2013, Pages 14-17.

“What Does it Mean to be Poor in a Rich Society?” In Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger, eds. Changing Poverty, Changing Policies. New York:  Russell Sage Foundation, 2009.

“How Should We Identify the Poor in a Rich Society?”  Rethinking Poverty and Social Mobility. Economic and Social Research Network, Singapore. 2010.

“Understanding the Mechanisms Behind Intergenerational Persistence: A Comparison Between the United States and United Kingdom.” (with Jo Blanden, Kathryn Wilson, and Timothy Smeeding) In Timothy Smeeding, Robert Erikson and Markus Jantti, eds. Persistence, Privilege and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility. Russell Sage Foundation. 2011.

“Child Development and Social Mobility.”  (with Patrizio Piraino, Timothy Smeeding and Kathryn Wilson)  In John Ermisch, Markus Jäntti, and Timothy M. Smeeding (eds.). From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 2012.

“Economic Inequality and Children’s Educational Attainment.” (with Mary Campbell and Barbara Wolfe)  In Ariel Kalil, Ron Haskins, and Jenny Chesters (eds.). Investing in Children:  Work, Education, and Social Policy in Two Rich Countries. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press. 2012.

Carlson, Deven; Haveman, Robert; Kaplan, Thomas; and Barbara Wolfe. 2011. "The Benefits and Costs of the Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program: A Framework and
Estimates of First-Year Effects." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 30, No. 2, 233–255 (2011). Available online.

Carlson, Deven, Robert Haveman, Tom Kaplan, Barbara Wolfe. 2012. "Long-term earnings and employment effects of housing voucher receipt." Journal of Urban Economics 71 (2012) 128–150.

Wolfe, Barbara, Jessica Jakubowski, Robert Haveman and Marissa Courey. 2012. "The Income and Health Effects of Tribal Casino Gaming on American Indians."
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