Robert Haveman, a prime force behind the establishment of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, passed last week. Today, Tim Smeeding, a longtime friend, colleague, co-author and student of Bob Haveman, shares some thoughts on this occasion.
It is with deep sadness that I share the news of the passing of Robert H. Haveman (Bob), 85. Bob died of heart failure surrounded by his loving family in Madison, Wisconsin on June 18, 2022. He was a brilliant man who had the common man’s touch and important contributor to applied economic research and public policy.
Bob earned a doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University in Economics in 1963, and served as Senior Economist, Subcommittee on Economy in Government, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress and then in 1970 joined the faculty at University of Wisconsin, where he finished his career, along the way serving as director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, The LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and chair of the Economics Department.
He published widely in public finance, the economics of environmental and natural resources policy, benefit-cost analysis, and the economics of poverty, inequality and social policy. He was a Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation; a Research Associate at Resources for the Future; a Fulbright Siena Professor and Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review and served as a visiting research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra and at Melbourne University. He was past president of the International Institute of Public Finance. In 1996, Bob was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Umea University in Sweden. And in spring, 2022, he was named an Honored Colleague in the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.
This post written by Tim Smeeding.