Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Faculty, alumni to share research at conference

La Follette School faculty and alumni are presenting research at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's fall research conference this week. The conference theme is "Seeking Solutions to Complex Policy and Management Problems."

Great attendance expected at D.C. reception Friday

More than 40 alumni, friends and faculty are expected at a reception in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd St. N.W. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (608) 263-7657. Read more …

Faculty to receive awards

Three La Follette School faculty members will be honored at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's fall research conference this week.

Economist Andrew Reschovsky will receive the 2011 Steve Gold Award in recognition of his significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. The award is given annually by APPAM, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Tax Association. Read more …

Professors Robert Haveman and Timothy Smeeding will receive the Best Comparative Paper Award from APPAM and the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum. Read more …

On November 3, professor Gregory F. Nemet will present "Four Decades of Multi-Year Targets in Energy Policy: Aspirations or Credible Commitments?," which he co-authored with 2011 alum Bickey Rimal, who is a consultant with Concentric Energy Advisors.

Professor Barbara Wolfe is co-author of "The Income Gradient in Children's Skill Evolution," which will be presented November 3.

Professor Geoffrey Wallace will present "Comparing the Attributes and Coping Strategies of Those that do Poorly Versus Better in Response to Health and Other Shocks" in a November 3 session.

1996 alum Carolyn Hill of Georgetown Public Policy Institute is a chair of a November 3 panel on Simulation and Complexity.

Professor Timothy Smeeding and 2010 alum Joanna Marks are two of several authors of "Poverty and Public Policy during the Great Recession: The Wisconsin Story," which will be presented November 3.

Professor Robert Haveman is a discussant on a November 4 panel called "Accounting for Income and Income Inequality Changes over the Great Recession." Smeeding is co-author of one paper that Haveman will discuss, "Poverty and Income Inequality over the Middle Stages of the Great Recession."

Haveman, Wolfe, 2007 alum Deven Carlson and researcher Thomas Kaplan are authors of a paper called "Section 8 Housing Vouchers and Labor Market Behaviors." It will be presented at a November 4 session on "The Impact of Vouchers on Self-Sufficiency."

Carlson is participating in two poster sessions, both on November 4. One paper is "Assessing the Impact of Bilingual and Bicultural Education Programs on English Language Acquisition and Student Achievement: Evidence from Statewide Longitudinal Data." The other, co-authored with professor John Witte, is "Interdistrict Open Enrollment: An Analysis of Participants, Destinations, and Effects." Carlson is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Witte is co-author of a paper called "Student Attainment and the Milwaukee Voucher Program" that will be presented November 5.

The paper "The Effects of Unemployment, Job Loss, and Earnings Declines on Household Composition and Residential Moves: Initial Effects of the Great Recession" by Smeeding and two La Follette School affiliates will be presented November 4. Smeeding's co-authors are Lawrence Berger and J. Michael Collins.

A paper co-authored by Donald Moynihan will be presented November 4 at a session called "Research Methods for Public Management: Old Problems, New Options." The paper is "Promoting a Link between Formal Theory and Empirical Research in Public Administration Research." Moynihan is a member of the Policy Council, APPAM's governing body.

Professor Andrew Reschovsky will participate in a November 4 roundtable that will explore the fiscal response of state and local governments during the recession.

Professor Douglas N. Harris is co-author of a paper to be presented November 4. The paper is called "A Comparison of College Rankings and Value-Added Measures Using Both Institution- and Student-Level Data."

Professor David Weimer is a discussant for a November 4 panel on "Fundamental Issues in Environmental Policymaking."

La Follette School director Thomas DeLeire is a discussant on a November 4 public finance panel called "Dynamics and Earned Income Tax Credit Claims" DeLeire is co-author of two papers to be presented at a November 5 session on public health insurance and access to care. One paper is called "Medicaid Enrollment and the Incidence of Emergency Department Visits and Ambulatory Care Sensitive Hospitalizations for Poor Childless Adults"; the other is "The Target Efficiency and Effectiveness of On-Line Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment: An Evaluation of Wisconsin's ACCESS Internet Portal."

"Cognitive Functioning across the Life Course and Financial Literacy Skills in Early Late Life" by professor Pamela Herd, professor Karen Holden and co-author Yung-ting Su will be presented at a session on "Measuring and Building Financial Capacity among Vulnerable Populations" on November 5.

The conference schedule can be accessed via APPAM's web site.