Josephine LaPlante

Chair, Public Policy & Management Program; Associate Professor
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313 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4863

Education: Syracuse University, B.A., 1973; M.C., 1978; M.A., 1983; Ph.D., 1984

Research Interests: public budgets and tax policy, education finance, and the application of quantitative methodology to policy problems

Professor LaPlante teaches Applied Statistics, Public Finance & Budgeting, Budgeting and Accounting for Public & Nonprofit Managers, Fiscal Analysis for Community Development, and the Seminar in Financial Analysis. She is the author of Dollars and Sense: Maine State Budgeting at a Crossroads. LaPlante completed a study of the impacts of federal retrenchment on the states for the Twentieth Century Fund Foundation. She is currently focusing on approaches to funding education to ensure resource equity and development of a framework for conceptualizing and measuring return on the public investment in private business. Her publications on the evaluation of public finance policies and applied statistical methodologies have appeared in books and journals including Public Administration Review, Public Productivity and Management Review, and Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion and Utilization.

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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