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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Paternal Incarceration and Teachers’ Expectations of Students

High School Genetic Diversity and Later-life Student Outcomes: Micro-level Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study

The Effect of Housing Assistance on Student Achievement: Evidence from Wisconsin

Tobacco Control, Medicaid Coverage, and the Demand for Smoking Cessation Drugs

Medicaid and Intergenerational Economic Mobility

Adults Behaving Badly: The Effects of Own and Peer Parents' Incarceration on Adolescent Criminal Activities