Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, January 27, 2012

Professors share expertise

La Follette School professors are sharing their perspectives on economics and politics.

Video of economist Menzie Chinn's January 4 talk about his book, Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery, is available online courtesy of WisconsinEye. Chinn, who wrote the book with Jeffry Frieden, spoke at the Rotary Club of Madison's monthly luncheon on January 4.

Economist Andrew Reschovsky made a presentation on January 18 in Washington, D.C., to the National Policy Council of the AARP on property taxation and older homeowners. In addition to members of the NPC, the audience included some members of the AARP board of directors and AARP policy staff. "In my presentation I talked about my work on property tax incidence and on my research on whether property tax increases force elderly homeowners out of their home," says Reschovsky, whose analysis of the mobility of elderly homeowners is available as La Follette School working paper 2010-014.

The next day, Reschovsky was in Milwaukee, where he spoke on school property tax relief in Wisconsin to the Association for Equity in Funding at the 2012 State Education Convention in Milwaukee. He discussed his research on the state's school levy and first dollar credits, which he also explored in a La Follette School working paper 2010-003.

In the media, several faculty members have been sharing their perspectives. Dennis Dresang commented on the likely recall election for Wisconsin's governor.

In addition, Wisconsin lawmakers are looking at ways to establish a pay progression scale for assistant district attorneys, a couple of newspapers reported. Dresang led a study on assistant district attorneys that identified a high turnover rate.

Who's Going to Challenge Walker in Potential Recall Election?, January 17, 2012, Caledonia Patch

Democrats Hit Walker With Over 1 Million Recall Signatures, January 17, 2012, Hudson Patch

Crime and Courts: Bipartisan plan would boost prosecutor pay, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Capital Times

Bills propose pay progression scale for assistant district attorneys, January 18, 2012, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel