Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

PA 802 Public Affairs Seminar Series (*)

The La Follette School Seminar Series engages participants in discussion of a range of public policy issues and showcases the research of faculty from the La Follette School, other UW-Madison departments, and outside the UW-Madison community. Faculty, students, and visitors take part in lively dialogue about topics such as poverty and welfare, health, education, international affairs, trade and finance, and the environment.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

PA 869 Workshop in Public Affairs (*)

Workshop in program and policy analysis taught through student teams working on real problems for public agencies and organizations; teaches analytical skills, report preparation and writing; and presentations of results.

Workshop reports and information about how the course fulfills the Wisconsin Idea are available online.

This course will review the basic economics of taxation; detail the structure of federal revenues; chart the federal budget process and interrogate proposals for reform; analyze the impact of major federal tax and spending proposals on the deficit and debt; and explore the relationship of tax and budget policy to social and economic issues including retirement, health care, education, and housing. The course will also engage with questions of federalism as well as situate US tax and budget policy in international context. The aim of this course is to equip students with substantive knowledge of contemporary issues in federal tax and budget policy so that they can effectively evaluate the impact of proposed policy changes.

Explores the spending and tax policies of state and local governments. Focus on factors influencing the mix and level of public spending and the choice of revenue sources. Issues to be studied include the fiscal relations between governments and property tax.

More than two dozen La Follette School faculty members and faculty affiliates gathered at the Pyle Center on September 29 for introductions and conversation. During the two-hour reception, Director Don Moynihan welcomed five new affiliates and three new faculty members.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 08:37

Students, faculty talk election impact

As the 2016 presidential election draws near, five La Follette School faculty members shared their expertise on several key policy issues with more than 30 students, staff, and colleagues Tuesday. The hour-long discussion was part of the Public Affairs Seminar (PA 802) course.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs’ first summer public policy course will examine inequalities across various social dimensions with a focus on disparities among racial and ethnic groups.

Mother Nature saved some of the summer’s best weather for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest celebration. Atop Observatory Hill and under blue skies, more than 120 students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff marked the start of the 2016–17 academic year with a picnic dinner and enthusiastic conversations.

Student-loan borrowers nudged to view their FICO Score had on average fewer past due accounts and a higher FICO Score one year later, a study by La Follette School Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien and colleagues shows.

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