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September 26, 2013


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David L. Weimer

Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy

Office: 201 Observatory Hill Office Building
Phone: 608 262-5713 or 263-2325
Fax: 608 265-3233

Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1211

David Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy. His research focuses broadly on policy craft and institutional design.  Although most of his recent research has addressed issues in health policy, he has previously done policy-relevant research in the areas of energy security, natural resource policy, education, criminal justice, and research methods.

Professor Weimer is the author of Medical Governance: Values, Expertise, and Interests in Organ Transplantation. He is co-author of Organizational Report Cards, Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice (5th edition), and Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice (4th edition). His edited volumes include Institutional Design, The Political Economy of Property Rights, and Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies. His recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,  Health Economics, the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, Health Services Research, Medical Care, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. In 2006 Professor Weimer served as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.┬áIn 2013 he served as president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He received his doctorate in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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