Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

La Follette School faculty sharing research at APPAM conference

Six La Follette School faculty and emeritus faculty members and numerous faculty affiliates will present their research at the 2018 Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 8 to 10 in Washington, DC. Emilia Tjernström, an assistant professor of public affairs and agricultural and applied economics, also will attend the conference as a 40 for 40 Fellow.

Maria Cancian, J. Michael Collins, Tim Smeeding, Yang Wang, John Witte, and Bobbi Wolfe will give presentations and participate in roundtable and panel discussions. La Follette School Board of Visitors member Carolyn Heinrich also will share her research.

Cancian will lead the roundtable discussion What Should We Expect of Nonresident Fathers, and Collins will discuss Exploring the Rise of Mortgage Borrowing Among Older Americans. Smeeding also will participate in two sessions: 1) Is the War on Poverty Over and 2) Child Poverty and Opportunities in Tax Policy: Reforming the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to Create a Universal Child Allowance.

In other sessions, Wang will discuss Risky Behaviors and Nutrition, and Witte will present the paper Do Voucher Students Attain Higher Levels of Education? Extended Evidence from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

Also, Wolfe will discuss The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars: Effects on Postsecondary Outcomes, which she wrote with La Follette School alumnus Deven Carlson (MPA ’07). Carlson is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and associate director for education at the National Institute of Risk and Resilience. In 2012, Carlson also completed his doctorate degree in political science from UW–Madison.

Heinrich, past president of APPAM, will participate in four sessions: 1) The Influence of Common Core on Classroom and Student Outcomes, 2) Immigration Enforcement and Education, 3) Values in Education: Implications for Policy and Practice, and 4) Online Instruction and Outcomes over Time in High School: Implications for Equity and Achievement.

The APPAM Fall Research Conference–the premier conference for high-quality research on a wide variety of current and emerging policy and management topics–features more than 300 sessions. This year’s event will focus on improving programs and policies by generating and engaging with evidence throughout the policy analysis and management process.