David L. Weimer

Credentials: Professor

Email: weimer@lafollette.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-2325

215 North Hall
1050 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

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David Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy.

His research focuses broadly on policy craft and institutional design. Although most of his recent research has addressed issues in health policy, he has done policy-relevant research in the areas of energy security, natural resource policy, education, criminal justice, and research methods.

Professor Weimer is the author of Medical Governance: Values, Expertise, and Interests in Organ Transplantation and Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis. He is co-author of Organizational Report Cards, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice (sixth edition), and Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice (fourth edition). His edited volumes include Institutional Design, The Political Economy of Property Rights, and Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies. His recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Health Economics, the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

In 2006, Weimer served as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and in 2013 he served as president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He is the inaugural winner of the Policy Field Distinguished Contribution Award from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He received his doctorate in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Public Policy
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Statistics
  • MPP, University of California, Berkeley, Public Policy
  • B.A., University of Rochester, Urban Studies
  • B.S., University of Rochester, Engineering and Applied Science


Public affairs courses taught by Dave Weimer:

PA 873 Introduction to Policy Analysis

PA 881 Cost-Benefit Analysis

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