CROWE has become an important resource on campus at UW-Madison, providing engagement to students through coursework, research opportunities, and public events. CROWE researchers have been actively engaged in teaching economics to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students at UW-Madison. CROWE faculty teach courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD levels, including both required and elective courses, with enrollment totaling roughly 800 students per year.
In addition, students have become increasingly involved in research at CROWE, from assisting with ongoing work to undertaking their own projects. The following CROWE reports were authored or co-authored by students:
- The Impact of Increased Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Business Formation and Employment Dynamics During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- State-Level Tax Implications of Federal Tax Policies
- The Impacts of State Tax Structure: A Panel Analysis
- Impacts of Tax Structure at the State Level: Summary
- The Effects of Removing the Corporate Repatriation Tax
To hear how students describe their experience working at CROWE, click a box below.
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“CROWE has been an incredible resource for me during my undergraduate career. My interactions with CROWE have enriched my student experience and better prepared me for a career as an economist.”
Joel McMurry- PhD Student
“During my time as a research assistant with CROWE, I worked on constructing a state-level series of capital and using that new dataset to analyze productivity and economic growth across states over the last forty-five years. This project illuminated the substantial diversity in the growth experiences of states, and I appreciated being involved in the production of a public good, as we hope this dataset will be useful to other researchers.” Joel helped construct our database and co-authored the research paper “Capital and Productivity in U.S. States”
Chang Liu- PhD Student
“I’m happy to have spent a fruitful 2018 at CROWE: two policy reports and one academic research paper. These research activities will have long-lasting impacts on my career, that is, to be academic-rigorously policy-oriented.” Chang co-authored multiple policy reports and a research paper, which he presented at the prestigious Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Conference on Public Policy.
Fu Tan- PhD Student
“In our project, we are interested in the effect of enterprise tax credit programs on business dynamics in the State of Wisconsin. Our preliminary results indicate that the Enterprise Zone Tax credits program has been effective in promoting employment growth but had little impact on wage growth. We plan to conduct more formal empirical analysis to validate our preliminary results.” Fu is working on her project with undergraduate Emily Perez.
Emily Perez- Undergraduate Student
“This past semester I have been helping out at CROWE, working on a project looking at tax credits in different enterprise zones around the state. My work with CROWE allows me to apply classroom theories about taxation in the context of a research project involving statistical analysis of datasets.”
Anthony Li- Master's Student
“From my work on tax cut effects on growth and labor migration, I learned how to use models to guide my research and assess a policy using tools from textbooks and literature. This experience also motivated me some further research interests and pointed out some skills I still need to work on.” Anthony is working with a team on a tax policy report.
Jacob Goss- Undergraduate Student
“I had a great experience working with CROWE this year. I felt constant support from everyone in the center, and I got hands-on experience doing real economic research. This was a tremendous first experience in research, and it has paved a great road for me to continue in the field in the future.” Jacob co-authored a CROWE research report.