Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Policy Report Spring 2017

  • When Patients Customize Nursing Home Ratings, Choices and Ranking Differ from the Government’s Version
    Professor Dave Weimer and colleagues developed an alternative nursing home ratings system that helps patients choose a provider that reflects their medical needs and preferences.
  • A Targeted Minimum Benefit Plan: A New Proposal to Reduce Poverty among the Elderly
    With colleagues from the Urban Institute and Syracuse University, Professors Pamela Herd and Timothy Smeeding propose a minimum benefit plan for reducing elder poverty to very low levels.
  • Economic Mobility and the Mortality Crisis among U.S. Middle-Aged Whites
    This study by Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien and colleagues provides the first explicit evidence that lack of economic mobility or opportunity may help explain the recent and striking rise in mortality among middle-aged non-Hispanic white Americans.
  • Health Status, Health Shocks and Asset Adequacy over Retirement Years
    Using the framework of item response theory, Associate Professor Geoffrey Wallace and Professors Barbara Wolfe and Robert Haveman developed a novel measure of health that makes use of multiple indicators in the Health and Retirement Study.
  • The Complicated Partisan Effects of State Election Laws
    A study by La Follette School Director Don Moynihan and colleagues at the Elections Research Center shows that policy changes designed to increase voter turnout – even those widely assumed to benefit Democrats – produce complicated and sometimes unexpected results.
  • Heterogeneous Impact Dynamics of a Rural Business Development Program in Nicaragua
    Using a five-year roll-out design, Emilia Tjernström and colleagues studied the effectiveness of a Rural Business Development program implemented by the government of Nicaragua and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

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  • Volume or issue no.: Policy Report Spring 2017