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David Figlio - Pitfalls and Promise of School Choice and Accountability

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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 6:00pm
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School choice and school accountability policies are designed to improve student outcomes by facilitating better matches between students and schools and by changing incentives for educators. However, the potential success or failure of these policies depends on the way they are designed.

In his talk, David Figlio will describe the conditions under which choice and accountability policies are more or less likely to succeed, and discuss the evidence on choice and accountability policies in Florida and the nation. The talk will be on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in room 180 at the University of Florida Law School. This event is free and open to the public. The talk is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

David Figlio is the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and Economics and Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a founding member of the CESifo Research Program on the Economics of Education. Now an editor of the Journal of Human Resources, he was the inaugural editor of Education Finance and Policy, the journal of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

His research on education and social policy has been published in numerous leading journals and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Departments of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation, among others. He has served on numerous national education task forces and panels, and has advised several U.S. states and foreign nations on the design, implementation and evaluation of education policies. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in 2008, David taught for ten years at the University of Florida, where he was the Knight-Ridder Professor of Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995.