Anneliese Dickman's Blogs

April 3, 2009 - 8:04am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The latest results of the longitudinal evaluation of Milwaukee's school choice program were released by the School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP) at a Forum Eye-Opener Breakfast last week. (You can listen to the podcast here.)Dr. Patrick Wolf,...
March 27, 2009 - 10:26am
By: Anneliese Dickman
I have a secret algorithm for filling out my NCAA basketball bracket, since I know nothing about basketball, that entails complex calculations filling numerous spreadsheets. In collecting the data I needed to make my picks last week, I came across...
March 17, 2009 - 8:51am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The "broken windows" theory of policing proposes that crime arises out of certain conditions and that tolerance of misdemeanor crimes can result in greater incidences of more serious crimes. If crime-ridden neighborhoods are cleaned up, if graffiti...
March 9, 2009 - 12:34pm
By: Anneliese Dickman
Here's one positive spin on Wisconsin's state budget woes...at least we're not in the position of having to delay processing 2008 state income tax refunds, as they have in California and Kansas. It seems collecting taxes is one thing, returning them...
March 5, 2009 - 10:03am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Richard Florida, that is. In this month's cover article in the Atlantic Monthly, the professor famous for his "creative class" theory of urban renewal suggests that the recession will result in growth in a few mega-regions across the country and...
February 18, 2009 - 9:57am
By: Anneliese Dickman
At the Forum's Viewpoint luncheon last week (available as a podcast or video), Wisconsin Secretary of Children and Families, Reggie Bicha, noted that the creation of his department in the last biennial budget was the result of a shift in philosophy...
February 5, 2009 - 12:23pm
By: Anneliese Dickman
Big headlines last winter proclaimed voucher students "achieve about as well as those at MPS," provoking debate about whether private voucher schools should be expected to perform similarly to MPS or better than MPS.Today, findings from the Forum's...
January 16, 2009 - 10:45am
By: Anneliese Dickman
You've probably read or heard quite a bit lately about the need for solving MPS's problem. That sentiment is unlikely to draw opposition. However, we're not all on the same page as to what the problem is exactly.Is it a governance problem? A finance...
January 12, 2009 - 9:02am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Milwaukee seems to be weathering the housing crisis relatively well. Foreclosure rates in 2007 in metro Milwaukee were lower than in most other metro areas and housing prices in metro Milwaukee, alone among the largest 25 cities in the country, rose...
January 6, 2009 - 9:46am
By: Anneliese Dickman
In economic theory there's a notion called deadweight loss, or market inefficiency, which impacts a consumer when the value of an item's utility is less than the price paid for it. What does that have to do with Brett Favre? According to Stephen...

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