Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

La Follette School Working Paper No. 2005-014

La Follette School faculty affiliates Mike Massoglia and Cecelia Klingele are among the participants in the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership’s Criminal Justice Reform conference.

The Society of Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA) honored La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer with its Outstanding Achievement Award on March 16. Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of benefit cost analysis.

Monday, 05 August 2019 15:45

Weimer reflects on successful Go Congress

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.

La Follette School Professor David Weimer will receive the prestigious Hilldale Award in the Social Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Faculty Senate meeting April 3. The honor recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and service in four divisions: biological sciences, physical sciences, arts and humanities, and social studies.

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.

The Pioneer Institute selected La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer and Dr. Mark Sager as runners-up in its 2017 Better Government Competition. Weimer and Sager, an emeritus gerontologist at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, created a life-course model of Alzheimer’s patients to assess the costs and benefits to families and government of early detection.

La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer has published a new book, Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis: Benefit Validity When Sovereign Consumers Seem to Make Mistakes. He has written, co-authored, or edited more than a dozen books, including two that have made important contributions to public policy education.

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