Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison received a second year of funding from the US Social Security Administration (SSA). One of just four RDRCs in the country supported by SSA, UW–Madison’s is the only one focusing on the financial well-being of economically vulnerable families, older people, people with disabilities, low-wealth households, and children.

In light of concerns about Social Security’s costs and benefit adequacy, La Follette School Professors Tim Smeeding and Pam Herd along with colleagues at The Urban Institute and Syracuse University propose an effective and relatively inexpensive targeted program to provide a minimally adequate income floor to old-age income through the Social Security system.

Expanded tax credits and food assistance programs helped to shield Wisconsin's poorest residents from the worst effects of the recession, the third Wisconsin Poverty Report shows.
Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

Barbara Wolfe

Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Economics, Population Health Sciences, and Public Affairs

Friday, 30 October 2009 06:57

Book examines poverty, policy reforms

A new book called Changing Poverty, Changing Policies co-edited by professor Maria Cancian assesses why the War on Poverty was not won and analyzes the most promising strategies to reduce poverty in the 21st century economy.
The seminar on inequality and intergenerational mobility scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the school conference room has been canceled due to the weather.
Monday, 05 October 2020 12:14

Cartecia Lawrence, MPA

The La Follette School’s passion for cultivating students’ quantitative and qualitative skills was a big reason why I chose this program.

From Mali to Salt Lake City, La Follette School student Anne Chapman has seen the importance of well-informed, motivated community leadership — and the essential role a skilled analyst can play in sharing expertise about policy ramifications.

After working for several years in refugee resettlement, Linda Collins decided to broaden her skill set by going to graduate school. "I wanted to prepare myself for positions of greater influence or responsibility for program and policy design," the second-year MIPA student says.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:10

Cost-benefit scholarship earns recognition

A paper by professor David Weimer and co-author Aidan Vining was one of two finalists for the 2010 Kenneth J. Arrow Prize for Senior Economists.
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