Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: IRP

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at UW–Madison, which includes several La Follette School faculty members as affiliates, has been awarded a five-year, $10.6 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Anna Sucsy, MPA

Having attended a small college for my undergraduate education, the La Follette School’s small class sizes and opportunities to get to know faculty well were a big reason I chose the program. The La Follette School has the same feel as a small school while providing access to the perks of a large university.

La Follette School Professor Emeritus Bob Haveman received the 2020 Honor a Colleague award from the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. The aaward recognizes Haveman’s career contributions to the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis by his colleagues, former students, and the Society.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Anna Barry, MPA

The accelerated program was a perfect fit for me because I was initially excited to enter the job market with my undergraduate degree but unsure of what to do. The La Follette MPA program has offered so many new possibilities and has helped me narrow my path for a future career.

A team from UW–Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), including La Follette School Professor J. Michael Collins, received a UW2020 award to increase the quality and amount of housing-related data available to the Wisconsin Administrative Data Core, a unique data resource at IRP. 

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in a household with income below the official federal poverty line, and more than 2 in 5 children live in poor or near-poor households. To reach the level of certainty needed to put ideas into practice at the policy level, La Follette School Professor Barbara (Bobbi) Wolfe and UW–Madison Professor of Psychology Seth Pollak propose a set of 12 core questions that can be easily integrated into studies of children’s development and that could allow direct comparisons between studies.

The latest Wisconsin poverty analysis using a state-specific poverty measure devised by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers found mixed results in efforts to alleviate poverty and promote self-sufficiency in the state.

The number of opioid-related deaths — from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil — has quadrupled in the last 20 years. At present, the opioid epidemic claims 130 lives every day in the United States.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Showcase to feature DreamUp finalists

The DreamUp Wisconsin Showcase on April 3 will feature dozens of innovative ideas submitted to meet the Alliance for the American Dream 2018 Challenge of helping 10,000 Dane County households increase their income by 10 percent by 2020.

Evidence-based federal policy recommendations for reducing U.S. child poverty by half in 10 years will be presented by Timothy Smeeding, UW–Madison professor of public affairs and economics, Tuesday March 12. The hour-long public event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building's Wisconsin Idea Room. A reception will follow the seminar.

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