Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Economics

The 2021 recipients of the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition are La Follette School faculty members Yang Wang, Barbara Wolfe, Manuel P. Teodoro, and Mark Copelovitch. The Kohl Competition supports nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, a La Follette School faculty member, has been named a 2021 Distinguished Fellow by the American Economic Association, one of four economists to receive the honor this year.

La Follette School Professor Philipp Koellinger recently received a Daniel Louis and Genevieve Rustvold Goldy Faculty Fellow award to fund his research about how genes influence economic behavior and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Faculty Focus: Christine Durrance

I chose to be in an interdisciplinary unit because I am interested in research that has the potential to change policy and thereby change outcomes. For me, this means asking research questions that matter to policymakers and communities. It also means collaborating with researchers in other disciplines and learning from one another to best answer the questions that matter to our state and our nation.

In response to increasing out-of-pocket medical costs, Professor J. Michael Collins brought together various stakeholders May 16 to discuss the intersection of healthcare and financial capability. The workshop, Managing Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses: How Well are Families Prepared for a World of High Deductibles, highlighted Collins’ survey of public employees with health plans through the Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds (ETF).

La Follette School Professor Menzie Chinn was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of On Wisconsin, published by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. In the article What’s the Tiff about Tarriffs, Chinn addressed the steep tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump.

An article in the July 26 edition of The Economist referenced a paper written by La Follette School Professor Menzie Chinn and Kavan Kucko (MIPA ’08). The article discussed how the yield curve for government bonds inverted just before each of the most recent U.S. recessions.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kavan Kucko (MIPA '08)

At the La Follette School, I learned how to work with and manage large data sets and manipulate them with statistics. I use those skills every day.

Lindsay Jacobs, who specializes in labor economics especially among older populations, has joined the La Follette School of Public Affairs as an assistant professor.

Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernström received a grant to measure the effects of introducing performance-pay contracts for citizen journalists in an online English-language news company in Kenya. The study will improve understanding of whether performance contracts increase profits and how they affect journalists’ output quality.

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