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The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis selected Professor Dave Weimer's research on the value of statistical dog life as its best original article for 2020.

UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) received renewal of its funding via the National Institute of Health’s prestigious P30 grant. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher serves as CDHA director.

With most people confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic, pets often provide much-needed relief from this surreal experience. Pet stores are even considered essential services, while most other businesses are shuttered. La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer and colleagues from the University of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania State University recently calculated the value of statistical dog life (VSDL). According to their article, Monetizing Bowser: A Contingent Valuation of the Statistical Value of Dog Life, U.S. households spend $70 billion annually on pets – with dogs the most common, suggesting that the VSDL might be substantial.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Cost-benefit project proposals sought

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client project proposals for its fall 2020 Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) course. Graduate students in the course work in teams on a real-world issue for an actual client, providing excellent learning opportunities for students and useful products for clients.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Faculty well-represented at APPAM conference

Numerous La Follette School faculty members participated in the 2019 Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) annual research conference from November 7 to 9 in Denver, Colorado.

More than 450 players of Go – a 3,000-year-old board game originating in east Asia – descended upon Madison’s Memorial Union under the direction of La Follette School Professor David Weimer at the 35th annual U.S. Go Congress from July 13 to 20.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client proposals for its fall 2019 Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) course. Graduate students in the course work in teams on a real-world issue for an actual client, providing excellent learning opportunities for students and useful products for clients.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science at UW–Madison along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) are hosting a series of Real Town Hall events in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.  

A bipartisan group of 23 legislative staff of the Wisconsin Assembly completed a certificate in public affairs in June. The La Follette School of Public Affairs offered the professional development course in partnership with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington), Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) (MPA, ’01), and the UW-Madison Chancellor’s Office.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sarah Foster (MPA/MPH ’14)

Professor David Weimer trained me well on how to write an effective memo, QUICKLY!

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