Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

How does poverty shape life chances? What explains the rise in income inequality in recent decades? How do government policies and programs shape individual and family well-being?

La Follette School faculty engage with these questions by analyzing the structural and behavioral determinants of poverty and inequality as well examining the efficacy of government policies and programs across a range of substantive areas including housing, education, welfare, consumer finance and tax policy.

La Follette students are equipped with the analytic tools and substantive knowledge necessary to identify the root causes of social problems and to design and evaluate effective policy interventions.

This work is enhanced by the Institute for Research on Poverty, a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison comprising renowned poverty scholars on campus and around the world.



Featured Publications

The American Opportunity Study: A New Infrastructure for Monitoring Outcomes, Evaluating Policy, and Advancing Basic Science

The Consequences of Friendships: Evidence on the Effect of Social Relationships in School on Academic Achievement

The Effect of Sibship Size on Non-Cognitive Skills: Evidence from Natural Experiments

Understanding Financial Well-being over the Lifecourse: An Exploration of Measures

Intergenerational Mobility in Education: Variation in Geography and Time

Financial capability for all: Training human service professionals to work with vulnerable families