Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • In Utero Conditions, Reproductive Health Policies and Life Course Outcomes: This project will use restricted-access data on birth records to explore the impacts of policy-induced changes in access to family planning and abortion clinics on women’s and children’s health outcomes, and it will estimate causal effects of in utero exposure to high levels of air pollution on measures of adult socioeconomic status. Jason Fletcher, professor of public affairs, sociology, population health, and applied economics.
  • How Are Real and Perceived Health Care Out-of-Pocket Costs Impacting Families in Wisconsin? Collins will document the frequency and amount of medical out-of-pocket costs for typical patients by age, family size, and other characteristics based on survey and administrative data. The project will document how accurately patients and providers estimate the out-of-pocket costs of common health care services. The results will help us to understand how the shift to higher deductible health insurance plans will impact people's health and economic well-being. J. Michael Collins, associate professor of public affairs and human ecology.
  • Surgeon Learning and Improvements in Cardiac Surgery Outcomes: Implications for Volume Threshold Policies: This research will examine whose mortality outcomes are most improved by learning through surgical experience and the introduction of new procedures – early- or late-career surgeons. It also will address volume-based referral strategies in health policy and how they can be refined through a better understanding of the relationships among outcomes, accumulated versus annual procedure volume, and surgeon years of experience. Lindsay Jacobs, assistant professor of public affairs, and Dave Weimer, professor of political economy.