Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 08:37

Students, faculty talk election impact

As the 2016 presidential election draws near, five La Follette School faculty members shared their expertise on several key policy issues with more than 30 students, staff, and colleagues Tuesday. The hour-long discussion was part of the Public Affairs Seminar (PA 802) course.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison awarded funding for five projects through the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition. Earlier this year, former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl pledged $300,000 annually for five years to support nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

A group of researchers, including Tim Smeeding of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is proposing a universal monthly child allowance to eliminate extreme poverty among families with children in the United States.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 12:44

IRP named national Poverty Research Center

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which includes several La Follette School faculty members as affiliates, has been awarded a five-year, $9.5 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center. The award comes as IRP marks its 50th year of examining the causes of poverty and inequality in the United States and approaches to reduce them.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and UW–Madison’s Department of Political Science are partnering with the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) for a series of Real Town Hall events in Wisconsin and Minnesota in preparation for the 2016 presidential election.

Researchers studying the economic and policy forces that affect Wisconsin poverty released their latest results, which show that although employment rose by almost 60,000 jobs in the state, there was no reduction in poverty. Instead, poverty remained unchanged from 2013 to 2014 at 10.8 percent.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:38

Smeeding receives WARF professorship

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) appointed La Follette School faculty member Tim Smeeding as the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics. The appointment includes $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years.

La Follette School Professor Timothy Smeeding and Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), will discuss bipartisan anti-poverty proposals from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Discovery Building).

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 14:09

Smeeding discusses Ryan's poverty plan on NPR

La Follette School Professor Tim Smeeding spoke about U.S. Sen. Paul Ryan’s proposal to consolidate federal anti-poverty programs during American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report on Friday, January 6, 2016.

This course is designed to provide an overview of comparative cross-national social policy, the effects of the Great Recession on poverty and inequality, and the American system of public policy toward human resources, i.e., social policy, with added emphasis on other nations’ approaches to social welfare policy. The other nations include the rich OECD nations as well as emerging middle income countries (MICs) in Asia and Latin America. We will segment social welfare policy into three major branches: health (less emphasis), education (a bit more emphasis), and welfare (income security policy). The lines among these categories are, however, often blurred. Similarly, “social policy” is delivered and financed by governments, faith-based organizations (FBO’s) nonprofit agencies (“NGOs”), employers, and even the family itself. Spending on “HEW” comprises more than 70 percent of total government spending in the United States and an even higher fraction in other rich nations. The amounts are lower but sometimes with greater effect in the MICs. Thus, the topic is fiscally important. There will be some emphasis on cross-national policy analysis and the course will be ‘foreign student friendly’ in that each student can choose her or his own topic for the sequential paper.

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