CROWE          The University of Wisconsin Madison

       Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy

        Noah Williams, Director

         Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics

         email: |  phone: (608) 263-3864



The primary mission of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy, in the Department of Economics at the Univerity of Wisconsin - Madison, is to support and disseminate economic policy research, with a particular focus on the Wisconsin economy and state-level economic policy issues.  A main goal is to better understand the economic outcomes and the impacts of policies at the state-level, and make economic research accessible to policymakers, businesses, and community groups in Wisconsin and around the nation. CROWE will be a crucial link tying UW-Madison to the broader policy and business community.

CROWE will play a unique role in the state and nationally, providing objective economic research to support economic development and policy evaluation for important state-level issues. While CROWE will focus on Wisconsin, our research will draw on lessons from other states. CROWE will fill a need in raising the level of policy discussion, developing new ideas and initiatives for economic policy and development, and bringing attention to important trends and potential areas of reform.  


CROWE will issue regular reports and forecasts on major economic trends in the state, and p
roduce in-depth timely studies on issues facing the state economy, including:

         Empirical Analysis and Forecasting: Documenting national, world, regional, and state-level economic changes and their impact on Wisconsin.

         Economic Development: Analysis of policies and initiatives to spur economic growth and development in the state. 

         Public Finance: Analysis of taxes, government spending, and regulation at the state, local, and national levels.

CROWE will host an annual conference and regular workshops on economic policy issues.



Noah Williams
, founding Director of the Center, is Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics at UW-Madison, where has been on the faculty since 2008. A native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, he was previously on the faculty at Princeton University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, particularly monetary policy, social insurance programs, and financial markets.  He has published widely, and co-authored several papers with Nobel Prize recipients Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas Sargent. A PhD and BA graduate of the University of Chicago, he is a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a member of the Economic Advisors Roundtable organized by the WMC and WEDC. His research on state economies, which underlies the work of the Center, has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Research Report:   The Impact of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit in Wisconsin