Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Policy Report Winter 2008

  • Director's Perspective: Work by New Faculty Showcases Relationships between Information, Decision-Making
    Barbara Wolfe welcomes work by new faculty, emphasizes importance of good information in decision-making. Page 1
  • Welfare Reform's Influence on Childbearing by 15- to 17-Year-Olds
    Thomas DeLeire and Leonard M. Lopoo find that rule changes under welfare reform have led to a modest decrease in childbearing by 15- to 17-year-olds. Page 1
  • Interest Group Competition on Federal Agency Rules
    Susan Webb Yackee find that federal bureaucrats do listen to comment made during the notice-and-comment periods for proposed rule changes, and they tend to back the dominant side. Page 3
  • Master or Servant? Agency Slack and the Politics of IMF Lending
    Mark Copelovitch shows how staff members of the International Monetary Fund and the five countries that control the decision-making affect the size of loans. Page 11
  • Does Learning By Doing Improve Energy Technology?
    Gregory F. Nemet finds that the learning curve, a tool for predicting improvements in technology, is just one of several models policymakers should consider when weighing how to support emerging energy technologies. Page 17

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  • Volume or issue no.: Vol. 17, No. 2