Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Analysis

Global trends analysis and forecasting will be discussed by a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in a seminar on Monday, November 11, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.
As Detroit faces bankruptcy and other U.S. cities address an ongoing crisis in municipal finance, a new interactive database allows for the first time meaningful comparisons of city finances — from spending on schools, police, and public works to revenues from the property tax and other sources.
Professor Robert Haveman discusses the analysis by La Follette School students that shows no evidence of an existing or impending general labor skills gaps in a June 10 interview with Greg Neumann of WKOW-TV (Channel 27) in Madison.

Madison taxpayers can now pay their property taxes in four installments due to an ordinance change adopted by the city council June 5, a couple years after a La Follette School analysis found that property owners are less likely to be late with tax payments if they can make three installment payments a year instead of two.

The results surprised a few people: Milwaukee Public Schools' per-pupil expenditures are in keeping with the Wisconsin average and with comparable districts across the United States. The findings were published in a report co-authored by 2007 La Follette School alum Vanessa Allen, a researcher with the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mabrey focuses on quantitative skills

First-year student Steph Mabrey wants to have her career both ways. She wants to be able to analyze AND interpret someone else's analysis.

Alum Seth Nowak wants tenants and landlords to reduce their energy use, improve their relationships in the process and transform the rental housing industry.

La Follette School students shared their analysis of the costs and benefits for four municipalities to merge their fire departments and emergency medical services with officials in a December 17 presentation.

An earlier and simpler Pell Grant application has the potential to increase college enrollment by youth from poor families by helping to reduce their uncertainty about whether college is affordable, a new study finds.
Professor  Greg Nemet's research and analysis about cost reductions in energy technology  are featured in a column by The Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal.
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