Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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Renewable energy and its associated technologies, including solar panels and wind turbines, have long been seen as too expensive or too difficult to implement into energy portfolios.

Does asking people to spy on their neighbors save water? According to a new study led by La Follette School Associate Professor Manny Teodoro, the answer is yes—although the full story is complicated in an interesting way.

La Follette School Working Paper No. 2021-001

For the network of pipelines that bring natural gas to homes throughout the U.S., leaks are an ongoing challenge. Repairing those leaks can lead to safety and climate benefits by reducing the amount of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere. But a new study led by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards found these repairs are not always successful, leaving some of the potential benefits of leak repair on the table.

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.

Reed Lei, assistant professor of public affairs and political science, received the Jerry and Mary Cotter Faculty Fellow award this spring.

La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and Kavita Surana of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support their research on the interactions between corporations and cleantech start-ups.

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 faculty members Jason Fletcher, Yang Wang, and Christine Durrance received funding to support their research from UW–Madison’s Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative. Their projects were among only 15 selected from 73 proposals.

La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee will moderate a livestreamed panel discussion about the 2021–2023 state budget at noon Friday, May 7. State Sens. Joe Erpenbach and Dale Kooyenga will participate along with Jason Stein, research director at the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

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