Barbara L. Wolfe

Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Economics, Public Affairs and Population Health Sciences, LaFollette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Dr. Wolfe is the Richard A. Easterlin Professor of Health Economics in the Departments of Economics, Population Health Sciences, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate and past director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the La Follette School.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1977. Dr. Wolfe also currently serves as an fellow in the Melbourne Institute, part of the University of Melbourne.  She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002.  Her current research projects focus on health economics including, child health, the link between income and health, and the effects of having a sibling with a developmental disability on one's human capital.  Dr. Wolfe is particularly interested in vulnerable populations such as those in poor families. Her recent research has included exploring the adequacy of resources of new retirees,  the long run effects of Section 8 housing vouchers,  whether an exogenous increase in income leads to better health related behaviors and improved health using a natural experiment and gains from college diversity. Her current projects will explore the effects of public programs including housing vouchers on success in school and how poverty influences children’s brains.  Dr. Wolfe has published extensively in economics and public policy journals and serves on the board of a number of professional organizations.

Discipline: Economics
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