Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Policy Report 2019

  • Allocating Indivisible Life-Saving Goods with Both Intrinsic and Relational Quality
    Professor Dave Weimer and his co-author trace the evolution of the process that led to the kidney allocation system and how it vigorously employed evidence-based medicine within a context involving conflicting interests and values that make incremental change difficult and radical change truly surprising, at least from the perspective of U.S. rulemaking.
  • The Politics of Rulemaking in the United States
    This article by Professor Susan Webb Yackee focuses on quantitative studies of notice and comment rulemaking, and how rulemaking may provide points of entry for political factors.It suggests many complementary opportunities forf uture scholarly research and inquiry, including agency autonomy, data and methods, and agency guidance documents.
  • The Effect of Housing Assistance on Student Achievement: Evidence from Wisconsin
    The results of this study by Professors Barbara Wolfe, Robert Haveman, and colleagues are consistent with a body of research finding housing assistance to have relatively limited effects on student achievement. This study builds on previous research in several important ways.
  • How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation
     As a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, Professor Greg Nemet examined how solar energy became inexpensive and why it took so long. His resulting book provides a comprehensive and international explanation and offers opportunities for how the solar model can support other low-carbon technologies.
  • Tracking State Economies at High Frequency: A Primer
    This study by Professor Menzie Chinn and his project assistant, Ryan LeCloux, suggest that state-level quarterly GDP data provide valuable information for discerning the impact of fiscal and regulatory policies – as well as nationwide policies – on state economies. They warn, though, that the state-level reports are subject to greater (percentage) variability (from revisions) than the national counterpart..
  • Heterogeneous Impact Dynamics of a Rural Business Development Program in Nicaragua
    The results of this research about anti-poverty business development programs suggest that programs like a rural business development program should exercise caution when excluding farmers whose resources are thought to be too modest, as these households may have the most to gain from such interventions.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Spring 2019