Katherine Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, will present the 2017 Paul Offner Lecture. Baicker and colleagues used a rare opportunity in Oregon to conduct a randomized, controlled evaluation of the effects of Medicaid on a wide range of outcomes. She will present recent findings form this and other studies to shed light on the likely effects of health policy changes.
The Offner Lecture honors the legacy of former state legislator Paul Offner, who received a doctorate in economics from Princeton University. At the time of his death in 2004, Offner was a consultant at The Urban Institute, where he contributed to breakthrough research on poverty in the United States.
The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and The Urban Institute sponsor the public lecture series. Previous speakers include former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Rep. David Obey, and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post.