The racial disparities in Wisconsin's criminal justice system are among the worst in the country. By Mike Nichols, Patrick Hughes and Julie Grace July 2020
Partial shutdown costs state $178.9 million in lost GDP every day By Andrew Hanson May 2020
What is occupational licensing, how does it affect employment and consumer costs, and what options exist for reform? By Julie Grace and Collin Roth January 2020
Wisconsin licensing boards are routinely in violation of law requiring public representation. By Julie Grace January 2020
Policies linked to work are critical to lifting people out of poverty. By Angela Rachidi, Ph.D. January 2020
Why hiring the previously incarcerated is good business. By Julie Grace and Thomas Lyons November 2019
► Revocation study looks at Wisconsin's complex community corrections system and why many on supervision are failing. By Cecelia Klingele
► Data analysis provides quantitative look at supervision terms. By Julie Grace and Patrick Hughes July 2019
POLICY BRIEF An analysis of the accelerating outbound migration across the border to the Badger State. By Mark J. Perry June 2019
A better way to help the disabled get to work: Transit officials in Wisconsin have an excellent opportunity to reform and improve their transit systems by creating partnerships with ride-sharing companies. By Baruch Feigenbaum June 2019
POLICY BRIEF This brief provides an analysis of the high economic cost of raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Roughly 350,000 Wisconsin workers would lose their jobs, nearly one-third of all workers currently earning a wage below the proposed new minimum. The authors break down the potential job losses by industry. By Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson April 2019
POLICY BRIEF Wisconsin tax expert examines state and local spending trends over the last 20 years. By Todd A. Berry April 2019
A primer on Wisconsin's unsustainable transportation revenues. The state's funding challenge is exacerbated by its past reliance on borrowing.
By Dale Knapp
POLICY BRIEF Dental therapists could improve access, use and outcomes, while reducing economic costs associated with the dental care monopoly and unnecessary ER visits for dental treatment. By Jason Hicks and Morris M. Kleiner February 2019
POLICY BRIEF Fair-chance hiring policies may hurt the job-seekers they aim to help. February 2019
POLICY BRIEF State should make common-sense changes to Wisconsin Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to mitigate the marriage penalty. February 2019
A new Badger Institute and Tax Foundation report offers a menu of reforms to foster opportunity and make Wisconsin more competitive. February 2019
The Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coalition, led by the Badger Institute, offers policy ideas for combating recidivism, fostering opportunity, saving taxpayer money and maintaining public safety. October 2018
How federal grants are depriving us of our money, liberty and trust in government - and what we can do about it. New book by the Badger Institute urges states to push back. September 2018
In response to a tight state labor market, our latest report offers strategies for increasing labor force participation. The authors find that increasing the participation rate by just 1 percentage point would increase gross state product by a whopping $667 annually per resident. By Ike Brannon and Andrew Hanson August 2018
An interactive map shows the labor force participation rate for every Wisconsin county. Washington County enjoys the highest participation rate (74.8%), while Adams County has the lowest rate (48.6%).
A policy brief from the Tax Foundation and the Badger Institute. August 2018
How Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system measures up. By Rob Grunewald, Michael Jahr and Matt Snyder
How to let Wisconsin's judges help job-seekers and employers. The report includes two policy briefs: ► Problems with Wisconsin's Expungement Law: How the Law is Used and How to Make It More Equitable and Effective ► Sentence Adjustment Petitions: Is this Truth-in-Sentencing Provision Really Working? May 2017
(and the real-world stories of Wisconsinites cheated out of their livelihoods)
Research and stories show the need for occupational licensing reform in Wisconsin. Authors include Ike Brannon, Logan Albright, Scott Niederjohn, Mark Schug and Jan Uebelherr.April 2017
POLICY BRIEF As the labor market for teachers evolves, we need more competition and less regulation. By Scott Niederjohn and Mark Schug April 2017
Wisconsin cannot afford the status quo on its corrections policy. Programs across the nation that are working to reduce recidivism should be part of the state's strategy.Authors include Michael Flaherty, Marie Rohde, Michael Jahr, Janet Weyandt, Joe Stumpe and Gerard Robinson.December 2016
What would an entirely new public university, created virtually from scratch and with
none of the established strictures in place, look like?
By Ike Brannon and Philip Coyle
Wisconsin conservatives or Minnesota liberals?
Report compares the growth and distribution of Income in Wisconsin and Minnesota after the Great Recession.
By Noah Williams, Ph.D.
► What do the UW instructors without it - the ones doing much of the teaching - think? By Ike Brannon, Ph.D.
► How the Regents can make professors accountable to taxpayers and students
By Mike Nichols and Michael Flaherty, with Charles Sorensen, Ph.D.
Antiquated state law puts the squeeze on consumers and should be repealed.
Authors include Dave Daley, Mike Nichols, Greg Pearson, Louann Schoenberg, Betsy Thatcher, Tom Tolan and Ken Wysocky.