Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Finance

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ethan Kenney, MPA

I feel as though I am introduced to new ideas and policy areas that I had never even heard of every single week. As you take more classes, attend seminars, and talk with new people, you will begin to figure out what policy areas are best for you.

Without an infusion of new federal assistance, the nation’s largest central cities will experience large drops in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to a research paper by La Follette School Professor Emeritus Andrew Reschovsky and two colleagues.

With funding from the Kohl Initiative, the La Follette School has hired Assistant Professor Ross Milton, who joins the faculty this fall.

La Follette School Professor Mark Copelovitch explores the root causes of modern banking crises in his new book with David Singer of MIT: Banks on the Brink: Global Capital, Securities Markets, and the Political Roots of Financial Crises (Cambridge University Press).

As talk of trade wars and tariffs dominate the news media, you will probably find La Follette School faculty member Menzie Chinn offering researched and reasoned analysis to the narrative. Chinn, a professor of public affairs and economics, is a primary source on federal trade policy among the nation’s top publications.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Shushan Xu, MIPA

I was attracted to the La Follette School because of its expertise in social policy, small class size, flexible courses structure, and family-like atmosphere.

The abundance of networking opportunities has allowed me to speak with professionals about their careers to determine if it is something I might enjoy, and a few conversations I’ve had have resulted in internship offers.

Jennifer Klippel (MPA ’06) was named director of UW–Madison’s Budget Office on January 9. She served as interim director since July 2018, succeeding Tim Norris, who led the office since 2004.

The world’s largest financial newspaper, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, published an op-ed by La Follette School Professor Menzie Chinn about the causes and possible global impact of the US dollar’s growing strength.

Ashoka Mody, a leading expert on international finance and financial crises, will discuss his recent book, EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts, on Wednesday, October 17 at Grainger Hall on the UW–Madison campus. Mody will give a keynote presentation at noon, followed by comments from La Follette School Professors Menzie Chinn and Mark Copelovitch.

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