Tag La Follette School of Public Affairs

Course explores new field at intersection of genomics and society

August 18, 2017

Jason Fletcher is researching how public policy intersects with genetic data, what our genes can predict about how society functions, and how we should use this data responsibly — an area of study dubbed "social genomics."

New leadership center inspired by Gov. Thompson’s legacy

May 26, 2017

“Gov. Thompson’s rich legacy deserves such recognition. He is a policy iconoclast who values quality research and analysis from across the political spectrum ,” La Follette School Director Donald Moynihan said.

Two from UW–Madison among 2017 Carnegie Fellows

April 26, 2017

Gregg Mitman and Greg Nemet are among 35 distinguished scholars, journalists and authors chosen this year. The fellows program boosts scholars in the social sciences and humanities as they research challenges to democracy and international order.

Smeeding, known for income/poverty research, named as Galbraith Fellow

November 30, 2016

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) has named La Follette School Professor Tim Smeeding as its John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow for 2017.

WisconsinEye to livestream election panel discussion

November 14, 2016

WisconsinEye will livestream a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential campaign featuring Washington Post political reporter David Weigel on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The panel discussion is sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Elections Research Center at UW–Madison.

Kohl’s $1.5 million gift to fund La Follette School research

July 27, 2016

A $1.5 million gift from Herb Kohl Philanthropies will support faculty research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Expert: Improve financial literacy by ‘paying regular attention’ to tasks

July 15, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of Americans couldn’t pass a basic financial literacy test, according to the FINRA Foundation’s National Financial Capability Study out this week. Those results aren’t surprising to J. Michael Collins, faculty director of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Electoral experts ready to discuss Iowa caucus

January 29, 2016

Several experts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison will be available to help reporters covering the Iowa caucus Monday and upcoming presidential election. Barry …

Limited health plans could improve care, reduce costs

July 7, 2015

Insurance plans that include only a subset of all hospitals and physicians in a geographic area can be tools for improving health care and controlling costs, La Follette School of Public Affairs Professor David Weimer and two co-authors suggest in an essay published in June in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study finds private prisons keep inmates longer, without reducing future crime

June 10, 2015

A new study finds that inmates in private prisons are likely to serve as many as two to three more months behind bars than those assigned to public prisons and are equally likely to commit more crimes after release, despite industry claims to lower recidivism rates through high-quality and innovative rehabilitation programs.

Analysis compares California exchange, commercial health insurance hospital networks

May 5, 2015

The suspicion that the federal Affordable Care Act reduces options for patients to choose their health care providers proves to be true, according to a new study co-authored by David Weimer, a professor with the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. However, the quality of hospitals in insurance exchange networks was as good or better than those in commercial insurance networks.