Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

David L. Weimer

Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy

David L. Weimer
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Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706–1211

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Current CV

David Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy. His research focuses broadly on policy craft and institutional design. Although most of his recent research has addressed issues in health policy, he has done policy-relevant research in the areas of energy security, natural resource policy, education, criminal justice, and research methods.

weimer glassesProfessor Weimer is the author of Medical Governance: Values, Expertise, and Interests in Organ Transplantation and Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis. He is co-author of Organizational Report Cards, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice (sixth edition), and Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice (fourth edition). His edited volumes include Institutional Design, The Political Economy of Property Rights, and Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social PoliciesHis recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Health Economics, the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

In 2006, Weimer served as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and in 2013 he served as president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He received his doctorate in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a faculty affiliate of UW-Madison's Center for Demography of Health and Aging. 

Weimer Discusses the Role of Policy Analysis




1050 Bascom Podcast Interview


Current Course(s)

Other Resources

Writing Policy Memoranda

Policy Projects for Use with Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice

Syllabuses for Past Courses