Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Analysis

Resolution of the financial problems facing the eurozone is likely to be contentious and prolonged, two scholars argue in the spring 2012 La Follette Policy Report.

1983 La Follette School alum Bruce Beck retired from the University of Wisconsin–Madison after 28 years of helping to manage the campus' vital statistics, including trends in grade distribution, faculty salary comparisons and freshman test scores. Read more in campus news

Public affairs students in David Weimer's cost-benefit analysis class are helping state agencies and community organizations make better decisions about criminal justice reform, environmental regulations, child welfare, mental health treatment and other policy areas.

A passion for public service and an interest in energy policy brought Amy Klusmeier to the La Follette School. Four years later she is evaluating public programs as an analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Students to visit Legislative Audit Bureau

La Follette School students will visit the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau on Friday, January 27, at 3 p.m. to learn about employment opportunities.

Since graduating from the La Follette School in 2010, Allie Bagnall has been researching and analyzing sovereign wealth funds, international banking regulation, international finance, reserve accumulation and balance of payments, and other macroeconomic topics for the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Myatt values, uses empirical data

The belief that objective evidence and rational conclusions can be engineered to craft sound public policy brings Jason Myatt to the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

After five years as a financial analyst, Ed Cubero is turning his attention to studying energy policy and analysis and public affairs at the La Follette School.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cost-benefit scholarship earns recognition

A paper by professor David Weimer and co-author Aidan Vining was one of two finalists for the 2010 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize for Senior Economists.

Alum Amy Hanauer didn't like that the economic expansion in the 1990s had left families in Ohio behind, she says. "My experience in Wisconsin — from the skills I gained at La Follette, to the policy history I read in class, to the direct policy I experienced working for the legislature — all made me feel like I needed to speak out."

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