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David Weimer has been elected vice president and president-elect of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, an international group of practitioners, academics, and others who seek to improve the theory and application of benefit-cost analysis.
Two La Follette School students won the U.S. Department of Energy portion of the Startup America Policy Challenge with their proposal about how to make solar energy more affordable.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cities face revenue declines

While state governments are recovering from the severe budget crises caused by the Great Recession, city governments continue to face reduced revenues from the property tax and from state and federal grants, economist Andrew Reschovsky says.

La Follette School professor Karen Holden joined three other experts to discuss what Wisconsin's aging population could mean in the August 7 episode of Wisconsin Eye's Newsmakers, "The Graying of Wisconsin."

Sociologist Pamela Herd outlines the necessity of the annual American Community Survey to provide policymakers with good data in the Milwaukee Journal SentinelRead the article …

Outreach director Terry Shelton ruminates on how the taconite mine proposed for northern  Wisconsin could provide jobs and enhance the state's reputation for environmental innovation in an opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Read the article …

Economic opportunity is not the same for everyone in the United States, new research by La Follette School director Thomas DeLeire shows. While 84 percent of Americans have higher family incomes than their parents did at the same age, those born at the top and bottom of the income ladder are likely to stay there as adults.
A new report about the Wisconsin Retirement System was the subject of discussion by professor Karen Holden on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Joy Cardin Show" on Thursday, July 5. Available online.
Poverty expert Tim Smeeding has edited another book, From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage.
Research by economist Barbara Wolfe explores the association between socioeconomic status and the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory that is known to be affected by stress.
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