Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Kristine Giornalista knows she is never going to know everything required to do her job. Rather, the 2004 alum knows she has to pick the right team and ask the right questions.

How the brain reflects parents' socioeconomic status and the consequences for schooling attainment is the subject of a talk on Thursday, October 9, by La Follette School economist Barbara Wolfe at 12:15 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.

La Follette School faculty affiliate Lawrence (Lonnie) M. Berger took over as director of the Institute for Research on Poverty today (August 1).

For someone wanting to know who is poor in the United States, Geoffrey Wallace is the guy to consult. The La Follette School economist has parsed various measures of U.S. poverty and finds that 15 percent of the U.S. population was poor in 2012.

Professor Barbara Wolfe wants to know why people act the way they do and how society might help them make better choices.

The good news is that jobs, earnings and wages are rising again in Wisconsin as the economy slowly climbs back from the recession, the latest Wisconsin Poverty Report says.

For Tim Smeeding, understanding the effects of public programs on poor people is paramount. "There are lots of confusing reports out there with inaccurate findings," says Smeeding, professor of public affairs and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty.

La Follette School professor Jason M. Fletcher has won the 2013-2014 prize for the Best Research in Health & Society from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The effects of poverty on brain development will be discussed in a La Follette School seminar on Tuesday, April 8, at noon in the school conference room.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 09:54

Smeeding reflects on War on Poverty

La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discusses the War on Poverty in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Read the article …
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