Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
La Follette School faculty share their expertise on voting, Wisconsin politics and economics, and the Great Recession.

Understanding the long-term impacts of public policy in Wisconsin and across the United States are at the top of Jason Fletcher's research agenda.

Professor Jason Fletcher of the La Follette School of Public Affairs received a 2016 Distinguished Author Award from Health Economics for making a significant contribution to the journal.

La Follette School economist Jason Fletcher has been awarded a $92,730 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to analyze three school-based longitudinal datasets from the past three decades to assess educational mobility.

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.

Keynote speakers Peter Hall of Harvard University and Gillian Tett of the Financial Times offered insights into the future of European integration and the political climate in the United States and abroad at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on April 6.

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."

Economist Robert Haveman will discuss the U.S. labor market at a noon seminar on Tuesday, April 15, in the La Follette School conference room.
Professors Robert Haveman and Timothy Smeeding have won a national award for a paper they co-authored.

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).

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