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In light of concerns about Social Security’s costs and benefit adequacy, La Follette School Professors Tim Smeeding and Pam Herd along with colleagues at The Urban Institute and Syracuse University propose an effective and relatively inexpensive targeted program to provide a minimally adequate income floor to old-age income through the Social Security system.

La Follette School faculty members have selected Professor Susan Yackee as the school’s next director.

Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person’s genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also challenges for policy.

After 13 years at UW–Madison, Professors Pam Herd and Don Moynihan are leaving to take positions at Georgetown University. Moynihan is the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, while Herd is a professor at the La Follette School and in the Department of Sociology.

Matthew Yglesias, a founder of Vox.com, will join two La Follette School faculty members for the discussion “Trump as Policymaker: A First-Year Report Card” on Monday, March 19.

A selection of innovative anti-poverty policy proposals by leading social scientists, including some from UW–Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs, explores alternatives to shrinking federal programs.

The most recent issue of Focus, the flagship publication of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), features the work of four La Follette School faculty members, including University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd will discuss the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), a long-term examination of a random sample of 10,317 people who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 26 at UW–Madison’s Discovery Building. Herd is principal investigator of the WLS and director of the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at UW–Madison.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd is a co-principal investigator on a project selected for a UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative award. Professor Cameron Currie of the Department of Bacteriology is the principal investigator for project, The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd and three colleagues received funding from AARP’s Innovation Challenge to identify policy solutions for strengthening Social Security. Their proposal would create a new Minimum Benefit Plan (MBP) for low-income retirees that examines sufficiency of retirement income in lieu of calculating years of low earnings.

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