Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Kohl Research Competition

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.

What a difference a year has made – 10 exceptional faculty, 19 outstanding certificate program graduates, 350 dedicated health policy leaders, three enthusiastic staff, and so much more. Simply put, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison is experiencing the most extensive growth in its 37-year history. 

Nearly one year ago, the La Follette School received the largest gift in School history – a $10 million donation from former US Sen. Herb Kohl known as the Kohl Initiative. Sen. Kohl’s generosity already has had a tremendous impact on the La Follette School, the UW–Madison campus, and the broader community.

Professor Greg Nemet received a Kohl Public Service Research Competition award to support his work on climate change analysis and policy.

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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Faculty well-represented at APPAM conference

Numerous La Follette School faculty members participated in the 2019 Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) annual research conference from November 7 to 9 in Denver, Colorado.

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).

Four La Follette School faculty members received funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition in spring 2019: Professors Jason Fletcher and Susan Webb Yackee, Associate Professor Yang Wang, and Professor Emeritus Barbara “Bobbi” Wolfe.

Representing Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate for 24 years, Herb Kohl demonstrated his deep commitment to public service and his ethos of civility in public debate and policymaking. A $10 million gift from Herb Kohl Philanthropies to the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs extends the reach of that legacy.

More than a dozen of the nation’s top scholars on regulatory review participated in a daylong workshop sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and UW–Madison’s Law School on Friday, March 23.

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