The JHR is pleased to welcome David Figlio as editor. David is the Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, where he also serves as the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, and an Affiliate of CESifo.
Figlio conducts research on a wide range of education and health policy issues from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and policy design. His current research projects involve studying the interrelationship between health and education, the ways in which parents confer advantage and disadvantage to their children, and the role of educational institutions in affecting these relationships; higher education policies and practices such as online education and educational staffing; K-12 education policies such as school accountability, school choice, and teacher tenure; and early childhood health and education policies such as early interventions for autism spectrum disorders. He is also leading a National Science Foundation-sponsored national network to facilitate the use of matched administrative datasets to inform and evaluate education policy. He has advised numerous state and federal agencies, as well as the governments of nearly two dozen countries, on education, health, and social policy questions. He frequently serves on National Research Council and Institute of Medicine panels, including, most recently, a panel on the science of child development from birth through age eight and a panel providing a summative assessment of school reforms in the District of Columbia.