Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Policy Report 2018

  • The Once and Future Global Imbalances? Interpreting the Post-Crisis Record
    In this paper presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's 2017 Economic Policy Symposium, Professor Menzie Chinn says that because current account surpluses and deficits are primarily macroeconomic phenomena, attempts to reduce the U.S. trade deficitby way of protectionist trade measures are unlikely to be effective.
  • Defining Markets in the Growing Solar PV Installation Industry
    This study by Professor Greg Nemet and Eric O'Shaughnessy (MPA '15) shows how a market definition based on economic forces rather than jurisdictional boundaries better reflects local market structures for solar photovoltaic system installation.
  • Minimum Wages and the Health of Hispanic Women
    Assistant Professor Yang Wang and colleagues examine the effects of minimum-wage increases on Hispanic women's health, access to health care, and use of preventive care. 
  • Labor Force Transitions at Older Ages: Burnout, Recovery, and Reverse Retirement
    This paper by Assistant Professor Lindsay Jacobs and Suphanit Piyapromdee of the University College London focuses on two behaviors that are now common and of growing interest to researchers: partial retirement and “reverse retirement” – leaving and later re-entering the labor force.
  • Political Consequences of Economic Shocks - Poland
    In a new study, Professor Mark Copelovitch and colleagues take advantage of the Swiss franc's surprise revaluation in early 2015 against the Euro and the Polish zloty to look at how international economic shocks affect domestic policies and voting preferences.
  • Does Knowning Your FICO Score Change Behavior? A Field Experiment with Student Loan Borrowers
    Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien and colleagues test an alternative approach to traditional financial literacy interventions using a field experiment to test the impact of a person viewing his or her FICO Score on a range of financial outcomes, including repayment behaviors.

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  • Volume or issue no.: Policy Report 2018