David Figlio Delivers Keynote Economic Policy Lecture in Poland

David Figlio Delivers Keynote Economic Policy Lecture in Poland

David Figlio

Professor David Figlio added Warsaw to his list of destinations for policy talks as he headed to Poland to deliver the Leonid Hurwicz Lecture. His keynote address kicked off the ninth annual Warsaw International Economic Meeting on July 10.

Figlio’s keynote address was entitled “Using Matched Administrative Data to Design and Improve Public Policy.” At Northwestern University, Figlio is the director of the Institute for Policy Research and the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy. He conducts research on a wide range of educational and tax issues from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and policy design.

The Warsaw International Economic Meeting (WIEM) is an international conference with nearly 100 speakers covering all areas of economic analysis. The 2014 conference was organized by the University of Warsaw in partnership with the Center for Economic Analysis (CenEA).

In 2012, CenEA established the keynote lecture series for WIEM in honor of Leonid Hurwicz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist who was educated in Poland. CenEA is a nonprofit academic research institute in Poland devoted to providing high-level analysis of effects of economic and social policy, with a focus on Poland.

This year CenEA is also presenting Figlio’s Hurwicz Lecture as part of a new two-day Ce2 workshop to explore topics in microeconomic theory and microeconomic applications. The first Ce2 workshop on July 9 and 10 was co-organized with the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice

Prior to his Hurwicz Lecture, Figlio wrote on Facebook: “I 'm delighted to be heading to Warsaw to deliver this year's Leonid Hurwicz Lecture! And as a bonus, WAW will be my 200th commercial airport at which I've taken off or landed!"

A preeminent economist, Figlio has served on numerous national education task forces and panels, and has advised several U.S. states and nations on five continents on the design, implementation and evaluation of education policy.

Figlio is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an associate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an executive board member for the National Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. His research on education and social policy, including influential work on school accountability, standards, welfare policy and policy design, has been published in numerous leading journals.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/17/14