Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Spring 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Salary Workshop for Students
Charlie Trevor, Wisconsin School of Business Professor

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Charter School City: What the New Orleans School Reforms Teach Us about Government, Markets, and the Future of America's Schools
Doug Harris, Professor of Economics, Tulane University; Director, Education Research Alliance for New Orleans

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans’ public schools experienced an unprecedented reform effort that took the concepts of test-based and market-based accountability to the extreme.

Attendance zones were eliminated so that families could choose schools.

  • All teachers were fired.
  • The union contract was allowed to expire.
  • Tenure and certification requirements were eliminated.
  • All schools were turned over to charter organizations operating under performance-based contracts.

Harris will offer insights into this radical reform.

  • How did it affect students’ test scores, graduation rates, and college outcomes?
  • What parts of the reform package were most influential?
  • What were the intended and unintended effects?
  • What lessons does the New Orleans experience hold for the rest of the country?

A former University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty member, Harris is an economist whose research explores how the level and equity of student educational outcomes are influenced by education policies such as desegregation, standards, teacher certification, test-based accountability, school choice, privatization, and school finance.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Regional Financing Arrangements in the Global Financial Safety Net: State of Play, New Developments, and Cooperation
Gong Cheng, economist and policy strategist, European Stability Mechanism

At the height of the Global Financial Crisis, G20 countries called for strengthening the Global Financial Safety Net (GFSN) to mobilize resources – from the national, regional, and global levels – for the sovereign states facing financial strains. Since then, the overall size and coverage of the multi-layered GFSN have expanded significantly.

Cheng will provide an overview of recent GFSN developments with a focus on the role of regional financial arrangements (RFAs), a relatively less known component of it. He also will discuss opportunities for enhancing cooperation among the GFSN’s layers, especially between RFAs and the International Monetary Fund.

Cheng, a collaborator of La Follette School Professor Menzie Chinn, previously was an economist in the International Macroeconomics Division at the Banque de France. His research focuses on international macroeconomics and finance, especially cross-border capital flows, the IMF, regional financing arrangements, and sovereign debt restructuring.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 (Institute for Research on Poverty Seminar)
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor of Political Science, State University of New York – Albany
Social Science Building, Room 8417, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.

Virginia Eubanks will discuss her book Automating Inequality, in which she systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in the United States. The book’s gut-wrenching and eye-opening stories include a woman in Indiana whose benefits are cut off as she lays dying and a Pennsylvania family in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.

Eubanks is co-principal investigator of Our Data Bodies Project and a fellow at New America

Wednesday, February 21, 2018      Video of seminar
Avoiding a Public Pension Crisis: A History of the Wisconsin Retirement System
Gary Gates, retired secretary, Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Wisconsin's fully funded, one-of-a-kind pension system serves 604,000 workers and retirees for the state and more than 1,400 local governments. Very few people understand the multibillion-dollar fund as well as Gary Gates, who developed the public pension system with Max Sullivan decades ago.

Gates, the first secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Employee Trust Funds, will provide a brief history of the retiree pension program. He also will explain why Wisconsin has not experienced shortfalls like several other states and how to avoid a public-pension crisis in the future. La Follette School Associate Professor J. Michael Collins will moderate the discussion.

Wisconsin’s pension system includes elements of both a defined contribution plan and a defined benefit plan, which guarantees qualifying workers a fixed minimum benefit based on their years of service and final salary at retirement. However, Wisconsin uses a shared-risk model, which means a retiree’s benefits can rise and fall based on the plan’s investment performance.

Related information
Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF)
Funding Policy of the Wisconsin Retirement System 
Wisconsin Retirement System Fact Sheet
Co-sponsored by PROFS

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Political Consequences of Economic Shocks: Evidence from Poland
Mark Copelovitch, Associate Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs

Using original survey data collected just prior to the 2015 Polish parliamentary elections and comparing current with past foreign exchange borrowers, Mark Copelovitch will show how economic shocks influence domestic politics.

A surprise revaluation of the Swiss franc in early 2015 provides the backdrop for identifying Polish citizens most directly exposed to the shock – those repaying mortgages dominated in Swiss francs. Copelovitch and his colleague at the University of Zurich also found that these people were much more likely to demand government support.

Current borrowers’ preferences for a generous resolution scheme translated into distinct voting behavior. Among former government voters, Swiss franc borrowers were more likely to desert the government and vote for the largest opposition party, PiS, which had promised the most generous bailout plan.

The evidence suggests that PiS was able to use the franc shock to expand its electoral coalition beyond its core voters to include those directly affected by the franc shock, a subgroup otherwise unlikely to support PiS. Simulation results indicate that absent the franc shock, PiS is unlikely to have won a parliamentary majority.

Copelovitch received financial support for this project from a 2017 Vilas Associates Award.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -  Presentaion slides
Women, Work, and Care: What Can We Learn from Cross-National Comparisons?
Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Discovery Building, 4 p.m. 

Professor Janet Gornick will present an overview of work-family reconciliation policies - mainly paid leave, early childhood education and care, and working time regulations - as they currently operate across a selection of high-income countries.

Gornick will assess current knowledge and what remains to be learned about the consequences of
these policies - both intended and unintended - regarding gender inequality in the labor market. She
will close with a discussion of "American exceptionalism" in the provision of policy supports for
workers with caregiving responsibilities.

Gornick serves as director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at CUNY and as director of the U.S. office of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), which was founded by La Follette School
Professor Tim Smeeding and six colleagues. She has been associated with LIS, the cross-national data center in Luxembourg, for more than 25 years.

Gornick's visit is sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence,
the La Follette School, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the Center for
Demography and Ecology.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Weeds: A Q&A with Matt Yglesias about Covering Public Policy
Matthew Yglesias, Vox Media
Union South, 12:30 p.m. 

Yglesias, who studied philosophy at Harvard University, created Vox.com with Ezra Klein and Melissa Bell in 2014. He is a senior correspondent focused on politics and economic policy, and he co-hosts The Weeds podcast on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Born and raised in New York City, Yglesias previously wrote the Moneybag column for Slate and blogged for Think Progress, The Atlantic, TPM, and The American Prospect. He is the author of two books, most recently “The Rent Is Too Damn High” about the policy origins of the middle class housing affordability crisis in the United States. His first book, “Heads in the Sand,” was published in 2008.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A Non-Corrupt Public Sector – If You Can Keep It: Multi-Country Study of Honesty and Public Sector Job Preferences
Asmus Olsen, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Most forms of human organization rely on individual honesty. When individuals engage in dishonest or otherwise illicit forms of behavior, rule monitoring and enforcement costs increase, common resources can be depleted, and patterns of cooperation and trust can break down.

In response to this problem, social science has since its inception grappled with the psychological, social, and institutional antecedents of dishonest behavior. A recent strand of literature on dishonesty, rooted in various social science disciplines, emphasizes the social nature of dishonesty.

Asmus Leth Olsen will present a set of results from his recent studies of the role of self-selection into public service in sustaining honesty in the public sector. He argues that the attraction of (dis)honest individuals into public service is an important channel for self-sustaining cross-national differences in corruption levels. Using experimental dice tasks to measure dishonesty, he estimates how the self-selection of (dis)honest individuals is a channel through which stability in corruption levels between countries is kept in place.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Purposeful Leadership: Life Lessons from Curt Culver 
Curt Culver, La Follette School Board of Visitors member
Discovery Building, DeLuca Forum, 4 p.m., reception to follow

Curt Culver, the retired CEO of MGIC Investment Corp., will discuss the key ingredients – the 5 Hs – for making a difference through leadership in the workplace and the difference it makes in enjoying life. A member of the La Follette School’s Board of visitors, Culver received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in real estate finance and urban land economics from the Wisconsin School of Business.

Culver began his career in the mortgage insurance business in 1976, joining MGIC’s principal subsidiary, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC), in 1982. He was president of MGIC from 1996 to 2015 and CEO of MGIC Investment from 2000 to 2015. Culver’s first work experience was at his parents’ restaurant in Sauk City, which his brother, Craig, has expanded to more than 600 locations in 24 states.

In 2016, Curt Culver and his wife, Sue, pledged $200,000 for the Curt & Sue Culver Graduate Fellowship Fund in Public Service, which provides financial assistance to some of the La Follette School’s top students. The Culvers also are generous donors to the UW Athletic Department and the Wisconsin School of Business.

Culver’s presentation is supported by the William Fitch Scholarship Fund, which brings business people and other experts to Madison for lectures on the free-enterprise system in the United States. It is co-sponsored by UW–Madison’s Law School and School of Business.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Who's Driving the Austerity Machine? Money, Power, and the Role of State Policies
Yunji Kim, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, UW–Madison

Local governments are facing fiscal challenges since the Great Recession, and some argue they are behaving like austerity machines that cut and privatize services. But who is driving these austerity measures? Yunji Kim will explore three areas in which state policies affect local government: expenditure responsibilities, revenue tools, and policy authority.

Data from the Census of Governments and focus groups with local officials show expenditure responsibilities (especially for social welfare) are shifting down to the state and local level, while local revenue tools and policy authority are being usurped upward.

This breaks the tie between responsibility and power, threatening the basic structure of federalism. Corporate-state legislator coalitions are key drivers of this process. Local democracy is being undermined, while states are being captured by larger corporate interests.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Racial Differences in Family Formation Within Maternal Education Groups and Their Implications for Children’s School Readiness
Jordan Conwell, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies, UW–Madison

Thanks to gains in recent decades, both black and white women are now more likely to complete college than same-race men. These gains have coincided with increasing divergence between women with high and low levels of education, and in factors such as age at first childbirth and rates of single motherhood. Few studies have investigated whether black and white women who have attained the same level of education have different family processes.

Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11, Jordan Conwell and colleagues find significant variation in family formation and household composition between black and white mothers within each of four education groups (less than high school, high school, some college, bachelor’s degree or higher).

They also find that this variation drives gaps in school readiness between same-education black and white mothers’ children. When controlling for a small set of these measures, Conwell and colleagues fully account for the large and significant black-white gaps (by mother’s race) in school-entry reading achievement within maternal education groups.

Fall 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
2017 Constitutional Changes in Turkey: Reasons and Possible Reflections on Turkish Politics
Oğuzhan Göktolga, an assistant professor at Inonu University in Turkey, will discuss the most recent changes to the country’s Constitution, which has had 18 amendments since it was enacted in 1982. The most recent amendment – approved by 51.4 percent of voters in April 2017 – is probably the most important because it altered the core structure of Turkey’s administrative system.

Göktolga will discuss the rationale behind this change from a parliamentary system to a presidential system and the possible impact on Turkish political life. Debate about this and other amendments has focused on whether these changes would result in a more totalitarian and thus less democratic country or in a more powerful execution, and thus a more sustainable democracy.

Göktolga and his family have lived in Madison from May to September 2017, when he completed an honorary fellowship with Director and Professor Don Moynihan.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Cost Analysis of Humanitarian Action

During the past two decades, economists have published an enormous volume of work on development and humanitarian programs. However, most of this research focuses on the impacts of development and humanitarian programs – with implementation costs given relatively little attention.

Nonetheless, there is no reason to think that average-cost determinants – fixed vs. variable costs, input prices, technology – for profit-maximizing entities do not apply to nonprofit organizations in some form. While the nonprofit sector lacks an explicit pricing mechanism, nonprofits are subject to “demand” forces for their services in the form of donor behavior.

Nonprofit organizations respond to an implicit pricing mechanism that reflects the programs donors are willing to fund and the budgets they are willing to accept.

In this presentation, Caitlin Tulloch of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will use a new set of average-cost data points from a large humanitarian nongovernmental organization to develop a theory of average-cost functions for humanitarian nonprofit organizations and make an initial description of their functional form for several kinds of outputs.

Tulloch also will discuss how implicit price ceilings formed by donor guidelines follow the same intuition as price ceilings in the private sector and will walk through the welfare consequences of a new cost-efficiency threshold from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

A technical advisor, Tulloch previously interned in the Public Financial Management Unit of the World Bank in Indonesia and was a policy analyst in the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at Massachusetts Institute of Poverty, where she managed the organization’s cost-effectiveness analyses. Her work has included long-term policy engagements with the governments of Ghana, the Dominican Republic, and others.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Presidential Management Fellowship Program Information Session

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Institute for Research on Poverty Seminar Series
12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Social Sciences Room 8417
Dream Hoarders
Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center of Children and Families, Brookings Institution

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Serving the Public Interest in Several Ways: Theory and Empirics
1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Robert Dur will discuss a theoretical model about how people differ in their altruistic preferences and can serve the public interest: 1) by making donations to charity, and 2) by taking a public service job and exerting effort on the job.

Dur, a professor at Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and colleague Max van Lent predicted that people who are more altruistic are more likely to take a public service job and, for a given job, make higher charitable donations. They also predicted that when comparing equally altruistic workers, those with a regular job make higher donations to charity than those with a public service job by a simple substitution argument.

Using the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (which contains data on self-reported altruism, sector of employment, and charitable donations for more than 7,500 workers), Dur and van Lent found support for most of their predictions.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PA 802 Public Affairs Seminar Series class meeting

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
How an Investigative Journalist Studies Public Policy: Q&A with Sarah Stillman
Location: 8417 Sewell Social Sciences
Sarah Stillman, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2013, is UW-Madison's fall 2017 public affairs writer in residence. Stillman, who also leads the Global Migration Project at Columbia University, provides new and compelling perspectives on social injustices, including her current work on the intersection of the criminal justice system, immigration, and deportation. She has captured the human face of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, family detention, and asylum-seekers’ expedited removals.

At the Global Migration Project, Stillman directs team investigations into immigration and refugee issues, including the rise of private immigration detention facilities. She has written on topics ranging from civil asset forfeiture to debtors prisons, and from Mexico’s drug cartels to Bangladesh’s garment-factory workers.

In 2016, she received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Working for Democracy: Designing Public Administration in Representative Democracies
Anthony Bertelli, Professor of the Politics of Public Policy, New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

At the heart of Tony Bertelli's book project is a fundamental idea: the discretion that modern governments give to public managers not only captures the means for implementing policies, but also democratic values and the authority to make tradeoffs among them. How do governance structures shape the democratic belief systems of public managers?

Bertelli’s research focuses on issues of governance, centering on the role of political institutions in shaping public policy outcomes and organizational structure. He has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in public management and policy from the University of Chicago.

An elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Bertelli is the author of four books, including Madison’s Managers with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance, and Public Policy Investment with Peter John. His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Administration Review.

In addition, Bertelli serves as senior executive editor of the Journal of Public Policy, which is housed at NYU Wagner, and serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and International Public Management Journal.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Experiential Financial Literacy: A Field Study of the My Classroom Economy Program
Associate Professor J. Michael Collins, La Follette School of Public Affairs; director, UW–Madison Center for Financial Security

This randomized field study by Associate Professor J. Michael Collins assesses the impact of a simulated classroom economy on fourth- and fifth-grade student’s financial knowledge and behavior. This entirely ‘learn by doing’ program improved financial knowledge and behaviors, and school administrative data show gains in learning in social studies and mathematics. This option for teaching financial capability with elementary school students is scalable in existing school systems without extensive teacher training.

Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance, is faculty director of the Center for Financial Security at UW–Madison. His work includes the study of financial capability with a focus on low-income families. He studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings, and investment choices.

Collins is a faculty affiliate of UW–Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty and Center for Demography and Ecology, and he directed the Social Security Administration Financial Literacy Research Consortium site at Wisconsin (2009-2012). He is involved in studies of mortgage foreclosure and family well-being supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, financial counseling supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and emergency savings policies for the C.S. Mott Foundation.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Politics of Health Care: Looking to 2018 with Sarah Kliff, Vox Media

Sarah Kliff, one of the country's leading health policy journalists, will share her insights on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what repeal of the law will mean for millions of people who rely on it for health insurance coverage. She also will discuss the possible impact of next year's midterm elections and answer audience questions.

A senior correspondent at Vox Media since 2014, Kliff has chronicled the ACA for seven years. The 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the multifaceted health care law cited Kliff's work.

Before joining Vox, Kliff was a reporter at The Washington Post, where she was a founding writer at Wonkblog. She recently launched The Impact, a Vox podcast about how policy affects people - policies that work and policies that need some work.

Kliff has received fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism. She has a bachelor's degree in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Naysaying and Negativity Promote Initial Power Establishment and Leadership Endorsement
Eileen Chou, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Conventional wisdom holds that leaders should behave in a supportive and positive manner. Yet, the past decade has seen a rise in naysayers ascending to power.

Eileen Chou, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, will share her research investigating the possibility that while we may want our leaders to be cheerleaders, we instead empower naysayers.

Chou holds a doctorate in management and organization from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

On Thursday, December 7, Chou will give the final presentation in the fall semester’s Behavioral Insights for Government (BIG) series. What’s in a Name: The Psychological and Behavioral Effects of E-Signatures on Individual Decision-Making begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Madison Public Library, 201 West Mifflin Street (third floor).

 

Spring 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Quality Measurement in Israeli Health Care: Technical Tools in Health System Context
David Chinitz, a professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health at Hebrew University and Hadassah in Jerusalem, will discuss his paper about measuring and reporting the quality of health care, which has become an assumed feature of health systems around the world. His paper shows only sporadic knowledge about the impact of quality-measurement programs and even less about how such tools are integrated into the culture of health care delivery organizations. Chinitz will offer comparisons to quality measurement in the United States.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Beyond Incarceration: Criminal Justice Contact and Mental Health
Kristin Turney, an associate professor sociology at the University of California-Irvine, will examine the relationship between criminal justice system contact and mental health. Turney's research - stemming from a rich tradition of social stratification inquiry - shows that arrest, conviction, and incarceration have similarly deleterious associations with mental health, although some evidence shows that certain types of incarcerations are more consequential. She uses a variety of theoretical perspectives, methodological strategies, and population-based data sources to unravel puzzle about family inequality and how the institution of the family interacts with other societal institutions, such as the educational system and the penal system.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Public-Private Differences in Frontline Discrimination among Belgium Elderly Care Organizations
Sebastian Jilke, an assistant professor at Rutgers University's School of Public Affairs and Administration, will discuss his project that studied the extent to which frontline workers discriminate against ethnic minorities who want to learn about how to access elderly-care services. To test their theoretical predictions, Jilke and others performed a field experience across all Belgium elderly-care organizations. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.

February 21, 2017
Local Ordinances Designed to Control Payday Lending
Robert Mayer of the University of Utah will discuss his 18-month study that documents how local communities positively organize to control payday lending in their jurisdictions and thereby create important legal change.

Mayer, a professor of family and consumer studies, and Nathalie Martin of the University of New Mexico traveled to three regions - northern California; metropolitan Dallas, Texas; and the Salt Lake City region - to see how local entities produced ordinances aimed at halting the spread of payday lending.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Nudging Diversity: Field Experiments in Police Recruiting
Elizabeth Linos of The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) North America will present her study on performance gaps in testing between non-white and white police force applicants that is unrelated to ability or future job performance. Linos and colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial in cooperation with a United Kington police force that was experiencing a disproportionate drop in minority applicants at one stage in its assessment process, the Situational Judgment Test (SJT).

After redesigning the email message to applicants about participating in the SJT, they found a 50 percent increase in the probability of passing the test for black and minority ethnic applicants. The intervention closed the racial gap in the probability of passing the test without lowering the standard or changing the assessment questions.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Democracy in Crisis - Or Politics as Usual?
On both sides of the Atlantic, commentators suggest that democracy is in crisis. Some even say that we are witnessing the decline of the West or the end of the liberal world order. Are these commentators right - and if so, what is the cause of democracy's decline? Or are they entirely wrong? Perhaps we are just witnessing a return to "politics as usual" after a period of unusual calm in the life of leading Western states.

Alasdair Roberts' most recent book, "Four Crises of American Democracy," was published by Oxford University Press in January. Roberts is a Professor of Public Affairs at the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Politicized Bureaucracy in a Merit-based System: Permanent Secretaries’ Tenure in the UK
Oliver James of the University of Exeter, UK, will discuss his research on neutral, non-party political employment of senior government officials. The United Kingdom often is considered the archetypal case for this important model of government organization. Following political change, though, the conventional wisdom needs revision, with associated implications for government expertise and responsiveness.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
La Follette School Spring Symposium
Europe in Crisis: The Future of the EU and Transatlantic Relations, Discovery Building

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Measuring and Charting the Development of and School Impacts on Student Social-Emotional Learning
Andrew Rice, vice president of Education Analytics, will summarize two papers that exploit data from the first large-scale panel survey of students on four social-emotional constructs: growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, and social awareness. Rice is vice president of research and operations for Education Analytics, a Madison-based nonprofit organization working across the country to solve tough problems with reach and actionable solutions that improve education systems for all students. An economist, Rice leads the organization's technical division and advises on policy implications of his work.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Putting Representative Bureaucracy to Test: A Meta-Analysis of Individual-Level Data of the Outcomes of Police Vehicle Stops
Representative bureaucracy (RB) theory suggests that the ethnic identity of public sector employees matters for their implementation of bureaucracies’ legal mandates vis-à-vis ethnic minorities. RB theory seems particularly pertinent to the relations between the police and minorities in the United States. Sharon Gilad of Hebrew University in Jerusalem puts RB theory to test by aggregating data from existing research, as well as original datasets, to gauge differences between Caucasian and minority police officers’ inclination to use their formal powers to ticket, search, and arrest when stopping Caucasian and minority drivers. Tentative findings suggest that minority police officers are less inclined to make use of their powers to search and arrest drivers, regardless of their ethnicity. These findings provide partial support for RB theory.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Economic Returns to Interventions that Increase Learning
In the past decade, hundreds of studies have measured the learning outcomes of education interventions. The impact sizes often are reported in terms of "standard deviations," making them difficult to communicate to policymakers beyond education specialists. David Evans of the World Bank will discuss two alternative approaches to demonstrate the effectiveness of learning interventions: one in "equivalent years of schooling" and another in terms of the net present value of increased lifetime earnings. The results demonstrate that many interventions deliver sizeable learning gains relative to business-as-usual schooling.

Fall 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Presidential Management Fellows Program
La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager and Career Services Coordinator Steve Kulig will provide details about the application, assessment, selection, and job-placement processes for this prestigious federal program.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Let’s Look at the Facts: How Biased Reasoning Can Distort Decision-Makers’ Learning from Performance Information
Julian Christensen, PhD fellow, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
In this talk, Christensen will use results from a series of related survey experiments to show how psychological mechanisms tend to bias decision-makers’ processing of even unambiguous, factual performance information. He also will discuss whether contextual factors can alter decision-makers’ reasoning and decrease the degree of bias. This presentation is co-sponsored by UW–Madison’s Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Rescheduled for December 6, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Local Embeddedness and Bureaucratic Performance: Evidence from India
Rikhil Bhavnani, assistant professor, UW–Madison Department of Political Science

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Performance Management: The Danish Experience
Jakob Holm, Aarhus University, Denmark

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
An Election Discussion: Implications for Policy Change

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Dave Weigel, Washington Post, Writer in Residence

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Judy Gueron, MDRC
Judy Gueron is an independent scholar in residence and president emerita at MDRC, created as the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation. She joined MDRC as research director at its founding in 1974 and served as its president from 1986 through August 2004. At MDRC, Gueron directed many of the largest federal and state evaluations ever undertaken of interventions for low-income adults, young people, and families and was a pioneer in developing research methods that have made it possible to base social programs on rigorous evidence of effectiveness.

Gueron is a widely published, nationally recognized expert on employment and training, poverty, and family assistance. She is the author of From Welfare to Work (with Edward Pauly) and Fighting for Reliable Evidence (with Howard Rolston). She is past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees and federal advisory panels, and has frequently testified before Congress.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
A Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion

Spring 2016

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Macro Policy Spillovers in the Era of Unconventional Monetary Policies
La Follette Professor Menzie Chinn opens the spring semester series with a discussion about the impact of the past seven years of unconventional monetary policy on the global economy and prospects as U.S. monetary policy is tightened. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 263-7657, Timothy Smeeding, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Jumpstart Your Internship, Job Search
Associate Director Hilary Shager will discuss career services programming for La Follette School students, including mentoring opportunities, Madison work-site visits and a new day-long event in Milwaukee.La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Pizza served. Information: 263-2409, Hilary Shager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Medicaid and Intergenerational Economic Mobility 
Meet new La Follette Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien, who will examine the impact of early-life exposure to public health insurance and economic mobility outcomes in adulthood. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 263-7657, Timothy Smeeding, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
Internationalism in the Heartland
UW-Madison's Office of Federal Relations, along with the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science, is hosting a visit with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) as part of the La Follette School's Spring Seminar Series. New location: Microbial Sciences, 1550 Linden Drive, Room 1220 - Ebling Auditorium. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 263-7657, Timothy Smeeding, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Understanding Supreme Court Nominations
Professor Charles Cameron of Princeton University will discuss his forthcoming article about U.S. Supreme Court nominations, including the key factors that determine who the president nominates and how senators vote. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 263-7657, Timothy Smeeding, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
The Persistence of Poverty: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Gaps in Educational Outcomes
Join Susan Dynarski, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, for a discussion about the stark differences in educational achievement between poor and non-poor children when using longitudinal data rather than traditional measures of point-in-time disadvantage. Jointly sponsoring with UW’s Institute for Research on Poverty and the HOPE Lab. Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 School of Education Building, 1215-130 plus reception to follow. Cost: free: Information: 263-7657, Timothy Smeeding, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
U.S. Air Quality Management - Current Policies and New Directions 
Join Tracey Holloway, a professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, who will discuss the U.S. Clean Air Act, which has been characterized as the most cost-effective federal policy on the books but also one of the most complex. How does it work, how is it changing and what is the future of air pollution control? La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 263-7657, Timothy Smeeding, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fall 2015

The La Follette School Seminar Series engages participants in discussion of a range of public policy issues and showcases the research of faculty from. La Follette and other departments, as well as invited guests from outside the University of Wisconsin–Madison community. Faculty, students, and visitors take part in lively dialogue about topics that include poverty and welfare, health, education, international affairs, trade and finance, and the environment. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
Introduction to PA 802
Opening introductory meeting for students especially/ exclusively—plus brief intro to “Public Affairs 802: Seminar Series” for credit in Spring 2016. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Presidential Management Fellowship Informational meeting
Learn the ins and outs of a successful application for a PMF. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
La Follette Seminar with Jim Perry
Join us for a policy discussion with visiting Professor Jim Perry, Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, and World Class University Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. He is also adjunct professor of philanthropic studies and political science at Indiana University and editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
Power Without Military Force? The Catholic Church and Soft Power in the 20th Century
Professor Giuliana Chamedes (Department of History, UW-Madison) will outline some of her core findings on the Vatican's use of "soft power" in the twentieth century. She will also probe the analytical utility of this concept. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Heterogeneous Impact Dynamics of a Rural Business Development Program in Nicaragua
In this session, La Follette Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernström will discuss her evaluation of a large-scale rural business development program and the heterogeneity in returns of that program. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
$2 Per Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
Kathy Edin of Johns Hopkins University and Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan will discuss their research that finds a large rise in $2-a-day poverty—defined as cash incomes of no more than $2 per person, per day for a month or calendar quarter—among U.S. households with children between 1996 and 2011. Co-sponsored with the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Center for Demography and Ecology, and Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building. 12:15-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Working at the World Bank and other International Careers
Join us as Valerie Kozel, La Follette adjunct Associate Professor of Public Affairs, discusses her career. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
The Relative Roles of People and Place in Housing Markets and Policy
Join us for a presentation by Professor Stephen Malpezzi from the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the UW-Madison School of Business. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Educational Mobility and Public Policy
Join us for a presentation by Jason Fletcher, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research on Poverty. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
The Expansion of Strong Controls on Foreign Funding for Civil Society and Social Reform in Domestic and Foreign Responses
Join us for this presentation by Mark Sidel, the Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. In 2015-16 he will also serve as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
La Follette Alumni: Working in the Public Policy Field
Join us for a panel discussion by La Follette alumni Tony Singleton and James Gultry speaking about their career paths. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
WLS, Microbiome Data and Public Policy
Join us for a discussion by Pamela Herd, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, and Principal Investigator of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring 2015

January 20, noon-1:30 p.m. – Emilia Tjernstrom, UC-Davis, "Signals, Similarity and Seeds: Social Learning in the Presence of Imperfect Information and Heterogeneity," Room 1199, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden

January 27, noon-1:30 p.m. – Teevrat Garg, Cornell, "Public Health Effects of Ecosystem Degradation: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia," Room 1199, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden

February 3, noon-1:30 p.m. – Geoffrey Barrows, UC Berkeley, "Does Trade Make Firms Cleaner? Theory and Evidence from Indian Manufacturing," Room 1199, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden

February 3, noon-1 p.m. – Chip Hunter, UW School of Business, "Negotiating a Salary," La Follette School conference room

February 17, 12:15-1:30 p.m. – Brent Hueth of Wisconsin Research Data Center on data resources, 8417 Social Science. Co-sponsored with Center for Demography and Ecology.

February 19, 2 p.m. – David Lewis, Vanderbilt University, "Political Control and Expertise in the Administrative State," La Follette School conference room

February 24, noon-1 p.m. – Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette on "Forty-five Earth Days--Where We Have Been and May Be Headed," La Follette School conference room

March 10, noon-1 p.m. – La Follette School professor Geoffrey Wallace, La Follette School conference room

March 17, noon-1 p.m. – Rob Meyer and alumni panel, La Follette School conference room

March 24, noon-1 p.m. – Marguerite Burns, Population Health, La Follette School conference room

April 7, noon-1 p.m. – Leonardo Secchi, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, "Building Policy Analysis Capacity in Brazil," La Follette School conference room

April 14, noon-1 p.m. – Faculty meeting

April 21, noon-1 p.m. – Greg Nemet and Eric O'Shaughnessy present "Pricing of Installed Solar PV Systems in the U.S. 2000-2013," La Follette School conference room

May 5, noon-1 p.m. – Jon Pevehouse, Department of Political Science, La Follette School conference room

Fall 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Policy Trade-Offs in Advanced Democracies
Christian Breunig, University of Konstanz, will speak on a model and empirical strategy for analyzing trade-offs in legislative agendas. 422 North Hall. Noon-1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Politics of Public Sector Performance
Mike Roll of the UW-Madison Department of Sociology will speak on his research. La Follette House Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
How Social Networks Affect Everything You Feel, Think and Do
James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at UC-San Diego, will give the 2014-15 Hilldale Lecture in Social Studies on how social networks have a powerful effect on a wide range of human behaviors. Co-sponsored by departments of Political Science and Educational Psychology, as well as La Follette and the Hilldale Fund. Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building. 4 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Clean Power Act
Susan Hedman, administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region V office in Chicago, will speak on proposed climate change regulations. She is a 1979 alum of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Purposeful Use of Performance Information in Forestry and Air Traffic Control
A Matter of Nature or Nurture with a Transatlantic Comparison
Maarten de Jong of the Netherlands Ministry of Finance and Erasmus University will speak on his research. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Consulting in the Public Sector
Philip Kangas, a partner in Grant Thornton LLP, will discuss his work. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Drive. Noon-1 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
A panel of La Follette School students will discuss their internships. 209 Animal Science. Noon. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Market-Based Environmental Policy and the Clean Water Act
Morgan Robertson of the UW-Madison Department of Geography, will discuss his research. La Follette House Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Does Being Smarter Make You Healthier?
Pamela Herd of the La Follette School will discuss her research. La Follette House Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Work in the Federal Sector
La Follette alum Andria Hayes-Birchler will discuss her career with the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She earned a Master of International Public Affairs degree in 2008. 225 Ingraham. Noon-1 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Early Life Circumstances and Life-Cycle Labor Market Outcomes
Manuel Flores of the University of Santiago de Compostela will discuss how early life circumstances — as measured by two indices of childhood health and socioeconomic status — are associated with labor market outcomes over an individual’s entire life cycle. La Follette School conference room, 1225 Observatory Drive. Noon-1 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Affordable Care Act: One Year Later
Economist Bobbi Wolfe and project assistant Maria Serakos will talk about what has been learned about the ACA in terms of increasing coverage, access to health care, health and broader effects such as labor market changes. They will review lessons of the 2010 health coverage expansion to young adults and the 2014 expansions. They will discuss datasets available to study the effects in the longer term. La Follette School conference room, 1225 Observatory Drive. Noon-1 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Erica Simmons, Department of Political Science. La Follette School Conference Room. Noon-1 p.m.

Spring 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014 
Public Policy in an Uncertain World
Charles Manski, professor of economics, Northwestern University, will present this talk as part of the Institute for Research on Poverty's General Poverty Research Seminar Series. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 
Personal Bankruptcy, Asset Risk and Entrepreneurship 
Jeffrey Traczynski, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will speak on his research involving bankruptcy and labor supply. La Follette School conference room, noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Policy and Management Analytics and Education Reform 
Research Professor Rob Meyer discusses his work. La Follette School Conference Room. Noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 
The U.S. Labor Market is a Mess: How Did It Get That Way and Is There a Way Out?
Economist Bob Haveman. La Follette School Conference Room Noon-1 p.m.

Friday, April 11, 2014
The PerformanceStat: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results
Robert Behn of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government will present his research on performance management. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. 2-3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 
Effects of Poverty on Brain Development
Professor Bobbi Wolfe discusses her recent research. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 
The Mental Health Effects of Unwanted Births
Pamela Herd, principal investigator for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study and an associate professor of Public Affairs and Sociology. La Follette School Conference Room. Noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 
Childhood Environments and Adult Health
Professor Jason Fletcher presents his research. Co-sponsored with DemSem. 12:15-1:30 p.m. in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 
How to Find and Apply for Federal Positions and Write Resumes
Marie Koko of the College of Letters and Science career services. La Follette School conference room. Noon-2 p.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Connecting Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility: Looking Ahead, Not Behind
La Follette School professor Tim Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty. Sponsored by the La Follette School and Applied Economics Workshop. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences Building. 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 
Private Sector Dynamics: A Look Inside the U.S. Economy
Mark Lange, director of University of Wisconsin Extension's Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. La Follette School Conference Room. Noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 
Rise of the Redback? Prospects for China's Currency
Professor Menzie Chinn will speak about China's monetary policy. La Follette School Conference Room. Noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 
Lessons from Frogs, Turfgrass, and Mosquitoes: An Environmental Studies Agenda for UW in the 21st Century

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Director Paul Robbins. La Follette School Conference Room. Noon-1 p.m.

2013 seminars

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 
The Impact of Charter Schools on Housing Values
Christian Buerger, Ph.D. candidate, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2013 
The Legal Gain: The Impact of the 1986 Amnesty Program on Immigrants’ Access to and Use of Health Care
Lanlan Xu, a Ph.D. candidate in public affairs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington, will discuss her research that investigates the impact of various federal and state policies on immigrants’ access to and use of the health care system, and their health status. Conference room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 
Redistribution and the New Fiscal Sociology: Race and Progressivity of State and Local Taxes
Rourke O'Brien of Princeton University will present his research. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 2-3:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 
Policy Conversation: How Can Social Networks Affect Policy Impacts?
Jason Fletcher, La Follette School. Conference Room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 
Policy Conversation: Wisconsin and Federalism
Dennis Dresang, La Follette School. Conference Room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 
Policy Options: A Discussion of our Global Future
Scott Aughenbaugh, fellow and multimedia manager at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. La Follette School Conference Room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 
New Research: Regional Trade Agreements with Labor Clauses: Their Effects on Trade
La Follette Assistant Professor Isao Kamata will discuss his recent research. La Follette School Conference Room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 
Policy Conversation: Building a Public Policy Community in Kazakhstan: My Year as Founding Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University
John Witte, La Follette School. Conference Room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 
Policy Conversation: Integrating Financial Capability into Public Policy
Michael Collins, La Follette School. Conference Room, Observatory Hill Office Building. Noon-1 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Presentation slides

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 
New Research: Mental Health Shocks as a Risk Factor for Homelessness
Marah Curtis, UW–Madison, School of Social Work. Hosted by Center for Demography and Ecology as part of “DemSem.” 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 12:15 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 
New Research: Dispersing the Crowd: A Natural Experiment of the Effects of Concentrated Prisoner Re-Entry
David Kirk, University of Texas–Austin. Hosted by Center for Demography and Ecology as part of “DemSem.” 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 12:15 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 
Student Development: Finding an Internship in Washington D.C.
David Nelson, career and internship coordinator for students in social sciences, including political science, international studies and sociology. 6201 Microbial Sciences. Noon-1 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, September 17
Student development: Student internship discussion
Lacee Koplin, Malika Taalbi, Dan Marlin and Michaela Meckel describe their summer experiences. 6201 Microbial Sciences; pizza and soda pop will be served.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 
The Dark Side of Sunshine: Regulatory Oversight and Status Quo Bias
La Follette School faculty affiliate professor J. Michael Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. In this talk, he will discuss measures implemented by state policymakers designed to protect consumers and stem the tide of foreclosures -- and what went right and wrong with their design. La Follette House Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr. Noon-1 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
Restoring "Fiscal Democracy" and Securing a Brighter Future for Our Kids and the Nation
1972 La Follette alum and an economist with his Ph.D. from UW-Madison, Eugene Steuerle is a respected author and researcher. Among his past positions, he has served as deputy assistant aecretary of the Treasury for tax analysis (1987-1989), president of the National Tax Association (2001-2002), and economic coordinator and original organizer of the study that led to the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Co-sponsored by DemSem, La Follette and Institute for Research on Poverty. He is a 1972 alum of La Follette School precursor the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, April 1, 2013 
Visit Day
Prospective students admitted to the La Follette School learn about the school and meet faculty, current students and staff. Union South. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 262-9163, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 
A Growth Perspective on Foreign Reserve Accumulation
Gong Cheng works in international macroeconomics, with emphasis on the emerging market economies. At the Banque de France, he works on issues related to the G-20 and international liquidity issues. In his talk, sponsored by the La Follette School and the Economics Department, he argues that foreign reserve accumulation, in a country such as China, is a consequence of a growth strategy induced by strong capital investment in a financially constrained economy. 7324 Sewell Social Sciences. 1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, March 15, 2013 
Jonathan Schwabisch
Economist and data visualization creator Jonathan Schwabisch, of the Congressional Budget Office Health and Human Resources Division, will give a talk co-sponsored by La Follette and DemSem. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences. 9:30-10:45 a.m. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2012

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 
The Returns to Language Skills in the U.S. Labor Market
Professor Mathias Sinning of Australian National University will discuss his paper that uses data from the 2010 American Community Survey to study the returns to language skills of child and adult migrants in the U.S. labor market. La Follette School of Public Affairs. 12 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: 262-3038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, noon-1 p.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs 
Child Care in Australia and Its Relationship to Women’s Labor Supply
Professor Robert Breunig of Australian National University will give a presentation that examines questions relating to the relationship between child care availability, quality and cost of child care and women’s labor supply.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, noon-1 p.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs
Does 'Letting Managers Manage' Work? Performance Management, Managerial Authority, and Public Service Performance
Poul Aaes Nielsen, a Ph.D. candidate at Aarhus University’s Department of Political Science and Government, will discuss his research which focuses on performance measurement and management and their impact on political and managerial decision making and organizational performance.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, noon, La Follette School of Public Affairs
A Country through the Lens of its Leader
Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, will speak on what he has learned from broadcasting the "Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio" show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. He travels more than 400,000 miles each year, and his work not only examines the logistics and trends of travel, but it also creates a broader cultural and political understanding of places around the world.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, noon-1 p.m., 6201 Microbial Sciences
Here Comes The Sun: Incentivizing Solar Leasing
Two La Follette School students who won a U.S. Department of Energy competition will explain their proposal about how to make solar energy more affordable. Sam Harms and Sam Shannon were in Washington, D.C., as part of the Startup America Policy Challenge announced by the White House.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, noon, La Follette School of Public Affairs
The Impact of Performance Management in Public and Private Organizations
Simon Calmar Andersen studies efforts to introduce performance management in the Danish education system. His research combines survey data from Danish public and private schools with administrative panel data on student test performance and demographics. The results challenge some basic assumptions about the transfer and use of performance management from private to public settings. Andersen is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, noon-1 p.m. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Toward Respect For Tribal Sovereignty: A New Look at the Stafford Act
When disaster strikes a U.S.-recognized Indian tribe, a unique set of response question arises. In this talk, MPA/Law student Nate Inglis Steinfeld examines how the law in action frames tribal communication after disasters and offers a change to the Stafford Act definitions to improve information channels and promote respect for tribal sovereignty.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, noon, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Women, Crime and Justice: A Prosecutor’s Learning Curve
After 11 years as an assistant district attorney, Mary Wagner has a pretty comfortable handle on explaining how the justice system works. But when she taught a college course about how women intersect and interact with the criminal justice system, she learned that the stuff lurking in the background can sometimes loom as large under the surface as the part of the iceberg that hit the Titanic. While justice may be blind, one-size handcuffs don’t fit all.

Tuesday, February 21, noon to 1 p.m. La Follette School conference room
Economist Menzie Chinn will explore the origins and long-term effects of the U.S. financial crisis in a La Follette School seminar on

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, noon-1 p.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs
The Wisconsin Idea: The Vision That Made Wisconsin Famous
Two graduate students, one in education and one in policy, will discuss the origin, evolution and potential of the Wisconsin Idea in its second century.

Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 , noon-1 p.m., La Follette School
Is the Foreign Service for You? Views from a Hometown Diplomat
Richard Rasmussen, a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the Wisconsin Law School, will speak on his experiences abroad, career in the Foreign Service and the work of the Department of State. Rasmussen is a first-tour officer serving in the Political and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, noon-1 p.m., 114 Ingraham Hall
A Career of Politics, Service and Leadership: The View from the Executive’s Chair
Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk will discuss her 30-year career in government.

2011

 

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 , noon, La Follette School of Public Affairs
A Sinking Ship, Microfinance and the Andhra Pradesh Crisis
An an intern for Basix, a for-profit livelihood promotion institution, Christopher Colin traveled around the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and spoke with bankers, regulators, academics, firms, and farmers about the role of microfinance in the current financial structure. A Sinking Ship, Microfinance and the Andhra Pradesh Crisis is an 18-minute, multimedia documentary film that provides background on the historical trends and current role of microfinance in India's economic equation.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, 12:30-1:45 p.m., 8417 Sewell Social Science
Early Non-Marital Childbearing and the "Culture of Despair"
Professor Melissa S. Kearney of the University of Maryland focuses her research on issues of public policy, in particular on the effect of government programs on individuals and households and on issues related to families and children. She also has research interests in household decision-making with regard to risk and uncertainty, saving and gambling. She teaches in the area of public economics.

Oct. 11, 2011, noon-1 p.m. 
Mary Spicuzza, Wisconsin State Journal, presents at La Follette School Seminar.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, noon-1 p.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs
Planning and Performance Management: A New Institutionalism Analysis of Reform in Israel
In the context of new institutionalism, Professor Shlomo Mizrahi of Ben-Gurion University suggests theoretical outlines for analyzing performance management reform and applies them to the reform that has been carried out in Israel since 2006.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, noon-1 p.m., conference Room, La Follette School of Public Affairs
La Follette School Brown-bag Seminar: Health Systems Reform in Latin America: The Uruguayan Experience in a Comparative Perspective
Tinker visiting professor Jorge Papadopulos presents.

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 8-9:30 a.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs
La Follette School Breakfast Seminar: Examining the Evolution of Warfare and the Evolution of the US Military in the 21st Century
Guerrilla warfare that uses communications networks and strategic strikes to demoralize and exhaust conventionally superior militaries is what Colonel Thomas Hammes calls fourth-generation warfare. It is what American forces encounter in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Israelis find in Palestine. It is the way of the future. Hammes, a career Marine Corps officer, examines how warfare is changing and questions whether the U.S. military is evolving effectively.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 , noon-1 p.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs
La Follette School Brown Bag Seminar: Egypt's Revolution: What Happened and What Now?
For five years, La Follette School 2003 alum Katie Croake has managed the National Democratic Institute's programs in Egypt, including helping political parties organize, safeguarding elections, giving civic organizations a voice, and supporting women and youth who want to be full participants in the political process. She will discuss recent events in Egypt, implications for the United States and the Middle East, and NDI's work in the country.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, noon-1 p.m., La Follette School of Public Affairs
Policy Responses to Mortgage Foreclosure: Is There Any Hope?
Professor J. Michael Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. This presentation will be based on three papers, one on foreclosure counseling, another on loan modification rates by race and income, and finally some preliminary work examining the effects of mortgage mediation policies.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 , noon, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise: Evidence From a Field Experiment With Workers at a Fortune 500 Company
Professor Justin Sydnor of the School of Business will discuss the results of a large-scale field experiment on the use of financial incentives for exercise among employees at the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company. Preliminary results show strong response to the financial incentives and modest degrees of behavior change even after the incentives are removed, though this habit-formation effect is decidedly weaker than findings from similar experiments with undergraduate populations.

2010

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, noon-1 p.m., Conference Room, La Follette School
Can Need-Based Aid Increase College Persistence Among Low-Income University Students? Evidence from a Randomized Trial
La Follette School faculty affiliate Sara Goldrick-Rab and faculty member Doug Harris present research on higher education at the La Follette School Seminar.

Nov. 18, 2010, 12-1 p.m. La Follette School
Measuring the Impact of Health Insurance on Levels and Trends in Inequality (and How Health Reform Could Affect Them) 
Professor Kosali Simon of Indiana University will speak on her primary field of health economics. Her research investigates the impact of state and federal regulations attempting to ease the availability of private and public health insurance for vulnerable populations (through state 'small-group' reforms, public health insurance expansions, Medigap rate regulations and adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare) on health insurance, health and labor market outcomes.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, noon, La Follette School conference room
Accountability Policies and High-Poverty Universities: The Disparate Effects of Performance Funding Policies
Alisa Hicklin Fryar, political science professor at the University of Oklahoma, at a La Follette School seminar.

Oct. 13, 2010, 5:15 p.m. 
Political scientist Nils Ringe will discuss his research on legislative member organizations’ function in the legislative process. Informal policy roundtable discussion organized by the La Follette School Student Association. Snacks provided.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, noon, Conference Room, La Follette School
Trigger Events and Financial Outcomes Among Older Households
Professor Geoffrey Wallace presents La Follette School Seminar.

Tuesday, May 4
Single Mothers, Union History, and Health at Midlife: Consequences for Two Generations
Kristi Williams, Ohio State University. 12:20-1:45 p.m. 4308 Sewell Social Sciences. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, April 21
Early Retirement: The End of an Era?
Joe Quinn, economics at Boston College. 6101 Sewell Social Sciences. 2:30-4 p.m. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, April 20
Food Subsidies for Child-Care Providers: Correlates of Program Participation and Child Outcomes 
Rachel Gordon, University of Illinois. 12:20-1:45 p.m. 4308 Sewell Social Sciences Building. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, April 6
Mark Hayward, University of Texas. 12:20-1:45 p.m. 4308 Sewell Social Sciences Building. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, March 23
Investing in Girls’ Education: Building Our Future
1983 La Follette School alum Kurt Thurmaier, president of Tanzania Development SupportNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, March 2
Early School Skills and Behaviors: Precursors to Young Adult Crime?
La Follette School faculty affiliate Katherine Magnuson, School of Social Work.12:20-1:45 p.m. 4308 Sewell Social Sciences Building. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, February 9
What Works in Work-First Welfare: Designing and Managing Employment Programs in New York City 
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development executive assistant Andy Feldman. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, February 2
Child Wellbeing in Resident Father Families: The Role of Mother-Father and Parent-Child Relationships by Marital and Biological Status
La Follette School faculty affiliate Lonnie Berger. 12:20-1:45 p.m. 4308 Sewell Social Sciences Building. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2009

Tuesday, December 8
Ramona Natera, an attorney with United Migrant Opportunity Services. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. News story:UMOS opens Madison office for immigration legal services

Tuesday, December 1
Single Mothers, Minimum Wages and Welfare Participation
Peter Brandon, Broom Professor of Social Demography, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College. 12:15-1:30 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday, November 16
Rethinking Local School Governance: Tensions and Strategies Brown University education professor Ken Wong. Noon-1 p.m. 8417 Sewell Social Sciences.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, November 10 
Increasing Voter Turnout: What Election Policies Work? 
La Follette School faculty affiliate Barry Burden will discuss a paper co-authored with associate director Donald Moynihan and faculty affiliates David Canon and Ken Mayer. The paper examines how different election policies affect voter turnout. The 2008 presidential election saw unprecedented use of early voting as a means to foster greater participation in the electoral process. The authors present evidence from this election that shows that while allowing people to register when they vote improves turnout, early voting, by itself, actually reduces turnout. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, October 27
Reducing Child Support Debt and Its Consequences: Can Forgiveness Benefit All?
Director Carolyn HeinrichNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, October 13
Intended and Unintended Effects of Performance-Based Contracting in Social Welfare Services and Implications for Performance
Pierre Koning, Delft Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, will discuss his paper, co-written with La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich, on the use of performance-based incentives in contracts with Dutch private social welfare providers serving unemployed and disabled workers. They empirically examine cream-skimming and other gaming activities and the impact of these activities on client job placement rates. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, September 29
Quality of Schooling and Inequality of Opportunity in Health
Health economist Andrew Jones, professor of economics and related studies at University of York. Jones' research focuses on the determinants of health, the economics of addiction and socioeconomic inequalities in health and health care. He is co-editor of health economics; research director of the Health, Econometrics and Data Group at the University of York; and a visiting professor at the University of Bergen. 12:15-1:45 p.m. 4308 Sewell Social Sciences. Sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the RWJ Health & Society Scholars Program.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, September 10
The Heterogeneous Effects of Training Incidence and Duration on Labor Market Transitions
Marie Waller, Institute for Economic Research, Department of Applied Econometrics, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany, and Institute for Research on Poverty visiting scholar. 12:15-1:30 p.m. 8417 Sewell Social Science. Co-sponsored byInstitute for Research on Poverty. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, September 3
Measuring the Effects of Education on Smoking Behavior: Evidence From Twin Data
Pierre Koning, Delft Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, speaks as part of the Institute for Research on Poverty's Visiting Scholar Seminar Series and La Follette School Seminar. Co-sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy. 12:15-1:30 p.m. 8417Sewell Social Sciences. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, June 16
Commercializing University Research: Pressures and Dilemmas
Michael Mintrom, Political Studies, University of Auckland, speaks at La Follette School Seminar. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room.

 

Tuesday, April 28
Michael Collins, assistant professor of consumer science, School of Human Ecology.Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, April 14
Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Policy
Michael E. Kraft, professor of public and environmental affairs, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, March 31
Does Charitable Giving for International Development Differ from Giving for Donkey Welfare?
John Micklewright, professor of social statistics and policy analysis, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Noon. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, March 10
Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Robert W. Fairlie, professor of economics, University of California at Santa Cruz.Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, February 24
David L. Weimer, professor of public affairs and political science. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, February 19
Toward Adversarial Legalism in the European Union? Evidence from Data Privacy Regulation
Francesca Bignami, professor of law, George Washington University. 4 p.m. Law School Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sponsored by the La Follette School and the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy.

 

2008

Tuesday, November 18
Andrew Leigh, associate professor, Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences Australian National University. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 28
The Post-Election Agenda for Health Reform
Thomas R. Oliver, associate professor of Population Health Sciences, and associate director for health policy, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 14
Connecting Economic Interests and Preferences on Health Care: The Role of Attitudes toward Authority
Katherine Cramer Walsh, associate professor of political science. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, September 23
Health Care and New Governance: The Search for Effective Regulation
Louise G. Trubek, clinical professor of law and senior fellow, Center for World Affairs & the Global Economy (WAGE). Noon. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, September 30
Beyond College Access: Improving Degree Completion Among Low-Income and First-Generation Students
Faculty affiliate Sara Goldrick-RabNoon. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Working paper.

Friday, May 2
Ratcheting Private Standards: New Modes and Mechanisms of Governance in the Forest Sector
Christine Overdevest, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Florida.Noon. 336 Ingraham. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Co-sponsors: Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, and the Department of Rural Sociology.

Wednesday, April 30
Did Improving Public Health Services in England Pay Political Dividends for the Labour Party under Tony Blair? 
Gwyn Bevan, professor of management and health care, London School of Economics. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Co-sponsored by Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy.

Monday, April 28
Virtue Out of Necessity? Commitment vs. Compliance Approaches to Improving Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains 
Richard Locke, Alvin J. Siteman professor of entrepreneurship and professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Noon. 206 Ingraham.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Co-sponsored by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wednesday, April 16
Closing the Aboriginal–Non-Aboriginal Education Gap in Canada
John Richards, Public Policy Program at Simon Fraser University. Noon-1:30 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, April 8 
Happiness After Widowhood: Is It Money or Marriage That Matters?
La Follette School professor Karen HoldenNoon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, April 1
Upgrading Local Enterprises in Developing Economies: Building Standards and Networks 
Paola Perez-Aleman, associate professor of strategy and organization at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. Noon. 206 Ingraham. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Co-sponsored by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tuesday, March 25
Mothers, Men, and Child Protective Services Involvement
La Follette School affiliate Lawrence M. Berger, assistant professor at the School of Social Work and faculty affiliate at Institute for Research on Poverty. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, March 4 
Further Examination of Volume-Quality Relationships in Health Care: Some Methodological Considerations
La Follette School affiliate John Mullahy, professor of population health sciences and economics. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, February 26
“Half-Hearted:” Anticorruption Reform in China
Baishun Yuan, visiting scholar at the La Follette School and the Center for East Asian Studies. He is vice dean at the School of Politics and Public Administration and executive associate director of the Anticorruption Research Institute, both at Hunan University. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday, February 18
Are China's and India's Growth Miracles Built to Last?
Eswar Prasad, Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. 7:30-9 p.m. ATT Lounge, Pyle Center. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sponsors: Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy and La Follette School of Public Affairs. Co-sponsors: Center for International Business Education and Research, Global Studies, Center for South Asia, Center for East Asian Studies, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Tuesday, February 12
Do BITs Really Work? Revisiting the Empirical Link between Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment 
La Follette School affiliate Jason Webb Yackee, assistant professor of law and political science. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, February 5
Coordinating Policies on Climate Change and Air Quality
La Follette School affiliate Tracey Holloway, assistant professor of environmental studies, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and civil and environmental engineering, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


2007

Tuesday, November 25
Parental Job Loss and Children's Educational Attainment in Black and White Middle-Class Families
Ariel Kalil, associate professor of public policy and director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, December 11
Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South
La Follette School affiliate Byron Shafer, political science. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday, December 10
David Hummels, professor of economics at the Krannert School of Management, at Purdue University and a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research. 11:30 a.m. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He gives a second presentation the same day, 3:45-5:15 p.m in 8417 Sewell Social Science: "Explaining Import Variety and Quality: The Role of the Income Distribution." Copy of paper

Tuesday, December 4
Crisis Management and Network Theory
Donald Moynihan, La Follette School of Public Affairs. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, November 28
James Harrigan is research officer and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; research associate with the International Trade and Investment Program, National Bureau of Economic Research; and adjunct professor in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Harrigan speaks again the same day on "Zeros, Quality and Space: Trade Theory and Trade," 4 p.m. 8417 Sewell Social Science. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Presentation paper / Vita

Tuesday, November 6
Choose Your Weapon: Trade Policy, Exchange Rates and the Politics of Protection
Mark Copelovitch, La Follette School of Public Affairs. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, October 30
Can the World's Biggest Borrower Remain the World's Only Superpower?
Brad Setser, fellow at the Geoeconomics Center at the Council on Foreign Relations. A prominent person in the business and policy end of international finance, he is a blogger on the Roubini Global Economics MonitorNoon. 8417 Sewell Social Science Building.

Monday, October 29
Recent Research on Cross-National Issues: Immigration and Old Age Poverty
Timothy Smeeding, a visiting scholar with the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, speaks. Noon-1:30 p.m. La Follette School conference room. He presents “Explaining the 21st Century American Welfare State in the Gilded Age” at 4 p.m. in 104 Van Hise. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Smeeding CV /Presentation slides

Tuesday, October 23
Climate Change & Health: Risks and Opportunities
Jonathan Patz, associate professor of environmental studies and population health sciences, Center for Sustainability and the Global EnvironmentNoon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, October 9
The Gloves-Off Economy: Problems and Possibilities at the Bottom of the Labor Market
Laura DresserCenter on Wisconsin StrategyNoon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 2
Public Policy, Investment, and Improvements in Wind Power in California
Greg Nemet, La Follette School of Public Affairs. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, September 25
Sustainability Risk Management: Reducing Risks and Building Business Opportunities Using Sustainable Strategies
Dan Anderson, Business School, speaks. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, September 4
A Burned Out Light Bulb? The Wisconsin Idea, Public Universities, and the Shaping of Public Policy
Noel Radomski, managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks at the La Follette School Seminar. Noon. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, May 2

The Emerging Architecture of Experimentalist Governance in the European Union
La Follette School professor Jonathan ZeitlinNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038. La Follette School working paper

Thursday, April 26

What Makes a Good School Teacher? Evidence from Value-Added Analysis and Implications for Educational Policy

La Follette School alum and University of WisconsinMadison educational policy assistantprofessor Doug Harris discusses his research on teacher quality. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, April 25

La Follette School assistant professor Pamela HerdNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, April 11

Raj Shukla of The Climate Project will present the slideshow on global climate change popularized by former Vice President Al Gore's Oscar award-winning movieAn Inconvenient Truth. Shukla is one of about 1,000 people Gore and a renowned team of scientists and environmental educators trained to give this slideshow presentation. He is also the husband of first-year La Follette student Tora Frank. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038. Presentation flier

Wednesday, March 28

Increasing Access to Higher Education: the Role of Tax Policy
La Follette School professor Andrew ReschovskyNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, March 14

Alasdair Roberts, associate professor at Syracuse Universitys Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Roberts addresses 9/11 and the Crisis of Authority in American Government, a preview of a book he is writing about the Bush administrations response to September 11, 2001. His research interests include public sector restructuring and transparency in government. Sponsored by the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE). Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Monday, March 12

Tribal Members: A Surprisingly Diverse Group
Elizabeth Arbuckle Wabindato, an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, addresses how tribal members view their tribal identity. 4 p.m. 6240 Sewell Social Science Building. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038. Wabindato CV / Paper: Tribal Members: A Surprisingly Diverse Group

Wednesday, March 7

Distorted Measures of Employment in Charitable Organizations: Causes, Impact and Remedies
Martin H. David, professor emeritus of economics, discusses improving estimates of the number of workers employed by nonprofit organizations in the United States. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Monday, February 19

Greg Nemet, University of California at Berkeley. Nemet's research is in energy policy, technological change and climate change. His dissertation is on innovation in low-carbon energy technologies and policy options for addressing climate change. The intellectual basis of his research encompasses public policy, economics, management, energy systems and earth science; methods include energy and climate modeling, risk analysis, statistics and econometrics. 4-5 p.m. 140 Science Hall. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, February 14

The Role of State Governance in the Adoption of Pharmaceutical Technologies in Substance Abuse Treatment
La Follette School professor Carolyn HeinrichNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038. La Follette School working paper

Friday, February 9

Thomas Oliver, associate professor and director, MHS program in health policy, Johns Hopkins University. Noon-1 p.m. 1420 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St.  Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, February 7

Elizabeth Powers, associate professor of economics and faculty member, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Noon-1 p.m. 1420 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Friday, February 2

How Much Choice? Nonlinear Relationships Between the Number of Health Plan Options and the Behavior of Medicare Beneficiaries
Brian Elbel, Yale University School of Public Health. Noon-1 p.m. 132 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, February 1

Bilateral Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment: Correlation versus Causation

Emma Aisbett, University of California at Berkeley. Noon-1:15 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, January 31

Medical Expenditure Burdens: The Impact of Tax Subsidies, Within-Year Expenditure Concentration, and More

Tom Selden, senior economist, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Noon-1 p.m. 1420 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038. Thomas Selden's curriculum vita

Friday, January 26

Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Early Retirees: Impacts on Retirement, Health and Health Care

Erin Strumpf, Harvard University. Noon-1 p.m. 1420 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, January 24

Thomas DeLeire, associate professor, Department of Economics, Michigan State University (currently on leave in a position as senior analyst at the Health and Human Resources Division of the Congressional Budget Office, Washington, D.C.)Noon-1 p.m. 1420 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, January 19

Do Newer Prescription Drugs Pay for Themselves? Evidence from Long-Term Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Yuting Zhang, Harvard University. Noon-1 p.m. 1420 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, 614 Walnut St.  Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2006

Wednesday, December 6

The 'China' Issue in U.S. Macroeconomic Policy

La Follette School professor Menzie ChinnNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, November 29

Visiting Institute for Research on Poverty scholar Scott Allard speaks at La Follette School Seminar SeriesNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room.Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, November 8

Election 2006 Recap and Analysis

La Follette School professor Dennis Dresang and political science professor Barry Burden speak at La Follette School Seminar SeriesNoon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, October 25

Alternative Approaches to Child Support Policy in the Context of Multiple-Partner Fertility

La Follette School professor Maria Cancian. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, October 11

Access to Higher Education: Exploring the Variation Among Universities in the Prevalence of Pell Grant Recipients

La Follette School professor Bob Haveman, La Follette School student Matthew Steinberg and Patrizio Piraino of the University of Siena, Italy. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, October 4

How Social Experience Gets under the Skin: Neurobiological Approaches to Understanding Children at Risk

Psychology professor Seth Pollak, director of the Child Emotion Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 262-3038.

Wednesday, September 27

Medical Governance: Are We Ready to Prescribe?

David Weimer, professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, discusses his plenary presentation he will give as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. The La Follette School hosts the APPAM's national research conference Nov. 2-4 at Monona Terrace. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School conference room.

Wednesday, September 13

La Follette School Director Barbara Wolfe discusses health economics and the field's contribution to public policy decisions. Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School Conference Room.

Wednesday, September 6

The Importance of Ability Bias and Leaving School Before the Exam in Analyzing Academic Performance

Sholeh Maani, associate professor of economics at the University of Auckland.Noon-1 p.m. La Follette School Conference Room. Abstract of paper. News story: La Follette School seminar series opens Wednesday.