Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

How does poverty shape life chances? What explains the rise in income inequality in recent decades? How do government policies and programs shape individual and family well-being?

La Follette School faculty engage with these questions by analyzing the structural and behavioral determinants of poverty and inequality as well examining the efficacy of government policies and programs across a range of substantive areas including housing, education, welfare, consumer finance and tax policy.

La Follette students are equipped with the analytic tools and substantive knowledge necessary to identify the root causes of social problems and to design and evaluate effective policy interventions.

This work is enhanced by the Institute for Research on Poverty, a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison comprising renowned poverty scholars on campus and around the world.

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Experiential Financial Literacy: A Field Study of My Classroom Economy

The Effects of a Foreclosure Moratorium on Loan Repayment Behaviors

The Relationship between the School Breakfast Program and Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity, Financial Shocks, and Financial Coping Strategies among Households with Elementary School Children in Wisconsin

Gender-specific Pathways of Peer Influence on Adolescent Suicidal Behaviors

Using Field Experiments to Evaluate the Impact of Financial Planning and Counseling Interventions