Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Income inequality is on the rise, according to a national report card co-authored by La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Public affairs and social work professor Maria Cancian is quoted in a New York Times article on project in New York City to study the effects of giving childless adults an income tax break equivalent to the earned-income tax credit. Read the article …
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:57

Smeeding discusses minimum wage

La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, appeared on Wisconsin Eye's "Newsmakers" program on December 16 as part of a discussion on the minimum wage. See the video
Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, saddling children of low-income families with slower rates of growth in two key brain structures, according to a La Follette School economist and other researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Koliner helps shape health policy

Sara Koliner was in a job training session when she got a crash course on the U.S. health system. What she learned eventually brought her to the La Follette School to pursue a public affairs degree.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:20

Hunger Meal set for Nov. 14

A hunger meal to demonstrate social inequality and the role chance plays in a person's food security will be Thursday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tripp Commons in Memorial Union. Participants will randomly be assigned a meal of rice and beans, a gourmet dinner or something in between.

Ann Drazkowski wants to do something about the extreme inequality and poverty she has seen. The first-year student brings to La Follette School a blend of domestic and international experience in social policy.

Even as poverty among Wisconsin children increased from 2010-11 due to declines in parents' incomes and safety net program cuts, fewer Wisconsin children lived in poverty in 2011 thanks to the state's safety net, a report by La Follette School professor Timothy Smeeding says.
Friday, 19 April 2013 05:57

Smeeding to mentor poverty researchers

La Follette School economist Tim Smeeding will mentor poverty researchers who are early in their careers.

Empathy in action — caring about other people and acting to help them in some way — draws Lacee Koplin to public service. "I volunteered at my local food pantry a lot while I was growing up, and that got me interested in social issues in a hands-on sense, but I felt like there was so much more I could do," the public affairs student says.

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