Econ graduate student awarded Public Policy Forum fellowship


June 24, 2013

Phillip M. Laper, a master’s of applied economics candidate in the Graduate School of Management, has been awarded the Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellowship from Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum. The fellowship is granted annually on a competitive basis to a graduate student or recent graduate of any Wisconsin public or private graduate degree program in law, economics, political science, public policy, public administration, urban planning, or a related field.

As a fellow, Laper will engage in a research project that focuses on a timely and topical local policy issue of importance to Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin.

“The project I proposed looks at how economic stimuli affect charitable giving in the Milwaukee area,” Laper says. “In response to changes in economic growth, tax rates or real estate valuations, for example, what happens to contributions to local nonprofits? If we have this information, we can craft policies that maximize the impact of those contributions, strengthen the organizations that provide valuable services to the community, and create responsible budgets.”

The results of his project will be shared with the public, the media and policymakers, including at least one presentation or lecture.

Laper holds degrees in international business from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and industrial engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Lübeck, Germany.  Prior to joining the MSAE program at Marquette, Laper was involved with Milwaukee’s philanthropic sector and previously worked for a member of the United States House of Representatives.