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.

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The Growth in Shared Custody in the US: Patterns and Implications

The Effects of Academic Probation on College Success: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Four Texas Universities

Dynamic and Heterogeneous Effects of Sibling Death on Children's Outcomes

Crushing hope: Short term responses to tragedy vary by hopefulness

Experiential Financial Literacy: A Field Study of My Classroom Economy

The Effects of a Foreclosure Moratorium on Loan Repayment Behaviors