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A dog’s life: La Follette School researcher puts a number on man’s best friend.

August 24, 2020

While it sounds cold and calculating to slap a price tag on the life of a beloved pet, the real-world applications are important for both dog owners and for industry.

COVID questions: HVAC spread; indoor swimming; national debt

August 13, 2020

Can COVID-19 spread through a building's HVAC system? Is it safe to swim in an indoor pool? Can people doing work in my house leave the virus for me?

Kohl donates $10M to support La Follette School’s outreach, teaching and research

May 12, 2019

Kohl’s donation, the Kohl Initiative, focuses on three priorities that will expand the School’s public outreach mission, advance the training of future public leaders and support influential research by faculty and students. It is the largest donation in La Follette School history.

Fletcher’s research sheds light on lowering drinking age

September 18, 2018

Research by University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor Jason Fletcher provides new information about the effects of legal alcohol access at age 21 on previously unexplored or underexplored risky behaviors.

Maria Cancian named Galbraith Fellow for work on child welfare

January 17, 2018

Cancian and her research have shaped national research agendas and discourse on child support policy, poverty policy and child welfare policy, and generated more than $50 million in grants to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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.

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.